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Old Saturday 10th July 2010, 20:49   #9326
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A pair of honey buzzards are being seen most days at Swanton Novers watchpoint , but they are not easy. Last sunday a number of birders waited all day before one showed at 4 pm. The day before they had been active most of the morning. You may be lucky like one birder yesterday as saw one with seconds of arriving at the watchpoint or you may have to wait hours.

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Old Sunday 11th July 2010, 06:54   #9327
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How do? Could anyone tell me if there is a favourable time to see the river warbler? I'll
be around norfolk/suffolk nxt week and I'm hoping it sticks around
There is, at the moment at least, no further access to the site.

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Old Sunday 11th July 2010, 07:52   #9328
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The last two days have been really good, Friday night I saw the River Warbler and yesterday afternoon got nice views of both the Buff Breast and Pec Sand at Titchwell. Rob.
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Old Monday 12th July 2010, 06:29   #9329
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Summit of Walsey Hills NOA further enhanced

More steps have been taken to facilitate its ascent and descent- now from two directions.

I can assure readers that the new steps, into and from the 'deep woods', work both ways and are as leg-friendly as the others, with the perfect distance and height differential.

Benches and a picnic table have been provided, as previously heralded. The safety barriers have also been extended, to prevent anyone plunging down the precipitous slopes.

Much credit is due to the NOA people who've laboured here so mightily, in the often tropical conditions of recent days.
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Old Monday 12th July 2010, 14:26   #9330
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Spent a few days in your excellent county last week.

Got a shot of the Buff- breasted and Pectoral Sandpipers together.Not a good shot too far for my lens but nice to see them together.

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Old Monday 12th July 2010, 16:11   #9331
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Titchwell July 12th

Today's highlights

Buff breasted sandpiper - still present on fresh marsh but elusive
Pectoral sandpiper - still present on fresh marsh but elusive
Crossbill - 4 in trees around visitor centre
Bittern - 2 in flight over reedbed
Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh
Golden plover - 4 adults on fresh marsh
Hobby - 1 over fresh marsh

Coastal Project Update
As I am sure you are all aware we are just about to start the 2nd year of the project.
The main West Bank path will be closed from the Meadow Trail/West Bank path junction from Monday 26 July until mid/end September due to Titchwell Marsh Coastal Change Project work. During this period there will be no access to beach, marshes or Island hide but we will be opening up sections of the path as they are completed. The rest of the reserve (Meadow Trail/Fen Hide), visitor centre and cafe open as normal.
Further information visit www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell or call 01485 210779.
If you would like to receive updates on how work is progressing and path re-opening details then email titchwell@rspb.org.uk with TCCP BF as the title.

For all the latest Titchwell RSPB news check our new blog at http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/gro...g/default.aspx

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Old Monday 12th July 2010, 16:16   #9332
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Today's highlights

Buff breasted sandpiper - still present on fresh marsh but elusive
Pectoral sandpiper - still present on fresh marsh but elusive
Crossbill - 4 in trees around visitor centre
Bittern - 2 in flight over reedbed
Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh
Golden plover - 4 adults on fresh marsh
Hobby - 1 over fresh marsh

Coastal Project Update
As I am sure you are all aware we are just about to start the 2nd year of the project.
The main West Bank path will be closed from the Meadow Trail/West Bank path junction from Monday 26 July until mid/end September due to Titchwell Marsh Coastal Change Project work. During this period there will be no access to beach, marshes or Island hide but we will be opening up sections of the path as they are completed. The rest of the reserve (Meadow Trail/Fen Hide), visitor centre and cafe open as normal.
Further information visit www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell or call 01485 210779.
If you would like to receive updates on how work is progressing and path re-opening details then email titchwell@rspb.org.uk with TCCP BF as the title.

For all the latest Titchwell RSPB news check our new blog at http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/gro...g/default.aspx

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Thanks for the update paul
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Old Tuesday 13th July 2010, 20:24   #9333
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Yes thanks Paul The Buff was showing really well this morning. Watched it for about an hour.

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Old Tuesday 13th July 2010, 22:29   #9334
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Coastal Project Update
As I am sure you are all aware we are just about to start the 2nd year of the project.
The main West Bank path will be closed from the Meadow Trail/West Bank path junction from Monday 26 July until mid/end September due to Titchwell Marsh Coastal Change Project work. During this period there will be no access to beach, marshes or Island hide but we will be opening up sections of the path as they are completed. The rest of the reserve (Meadow Trail/Fen Hide), visitor centre and cafe open as normal.
Further information visit www.rspb.org.uk/titchwell or call 01485 210779.
If you would like to receive updates on how work is progressing and path re-opening details then email titchwell@rspb.org.uk with TCCP BF as the title.

For all the latest Titchwell RSPB news check our new blog at http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/gro...g/default.aspx

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How has the closure of the path been arranged??, The main track along the west bank is a public footpath.
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Old Wednesday 14th July 2010, 08:04   #9335
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River Warbler at Thorpe Marshes - a short video clip

A short video clip shot down the scope.
Unsurprisingly the crappy little Panasonic used didn't pic up the song!
Anyway gives you an idea.

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Old Wednesday 14th July 2010, 09:37   #9336
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How has the closure of the path been arranged??, The main track along the west bank is a public footpath.
Hi Tim

We have had to go through the official channels with the local council over the closure and we aim to have the path closed for a short a time as possible. The plan is to complete sections and then open them up behind the contractors. This will mean that after few weeks you may be able to get to the 'hump' and overlook the reedbed and grazing meadow pool.
I will be putting regular updates on progress on this forum and we will also be updating the bird information services on a regular basis.
If you want updates to your personal email, contact titchwell@rspb.org.uk with TCCP BF as the title.

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Old Wednesday 14th July 2010, 10:03   #9337
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Roydon Wryneck

One reported at Roydon common feeding in the N/E corner.
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Old Wednesday 14th July 2010, 16:01   #9338
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Titchwell July 14th

Today's highlights

Buff breasted sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh
Spoonbill - 1 on fresh marsh until 13:10
Common sandpiper - 10 on fresh marsh
Greenshank - 4 on fresh marsh
Little gull - 2 on fresh marsh
Wood sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh
Little ringed plover - 3 on fresh marsh
Med gull - 1 on fresh marsh
Eider - 15 offshore

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Old Thursday 15th July 2010, 15:56   #9339
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Titchwell July 15th

Today's highlights

Buff breasted sandpiper - adult on fresh marsh all day
Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh all day
Spoonbill - 1 on fresh marsh, morning only
Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh
Spotted redshank - 20 on fresh marsh
Whimbrel - 1 on fresh marsh
Med gull - 2nd summer on fresh marsh

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Old Friday 16th July 2010, 06:56   #9340
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There is, at the moment at least, no further access to the site.

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Access again 5am-8am Saturday.

Happy birding

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Old Friday 16th July 2010, 08:05   #9341
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River Warbler finders story with HD video and new photos

The finders Chris and Alison have written a great piece on the River Warbler.

Article includes HD footage from Jack Levene and new photos.

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Article here

Access has been arranged again for the weekend, this Saturday (17th)
5am-8am with no further accesss after this
Do not arrive before opening time as nowhere to queue.
From B1136 4ml East of Hales, go North on Crab Apple Lane, Left at T-jctn and Right at L.bend and park only in field by North End Rd TM.435.985.
£2 per car PLUS £2per person. Money ready on arrival please. Absolutely no parking on single track road.
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Old Friday 16th July 2010, 16:19   #9342
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Titchwell July 16th

Today's highlights

Buff breated sandpiper - adult on fresh marsh
Wood sandpiper - 4 on fresh marsh
Spotted redshank - 12 on fresh marsh
Common sandpiper - 7 on fresh marsh
Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh
Spoonbill - 1 over west

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Old Saturday 17th July 2010, 18:51   #9343
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“And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land”

This always puzzled me as a child, when it was read in church. 'But turtles don’t make vocal noises, they’re water creatures', I must have thought. King James had a lot to answer for. Newer versions of the Song of Solomon make it clear that it’s referring to turtle DOVES.

That was before (long before) Google, of course. Try ‘turtle sounds’, to be perplexed and, possibly, amused !

I’d hoped it might turn out a good day, when I saw (rather than heard) my first Turtle Dove of the year, as I drove over Salthouse Heath.

Titchwell gave up the Buff-breast, this time it was in view much of the time. Some Med Gulls, Eddie M and 5 Whimbrel were the other highlights. The W d S nds had, mysteriously, v n sh d.
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Old Sunday 18th July 2010, 16:25   #9344
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Not rare but unexpected.
Flying over Frettenham this am I spotted a Gannet.
It took some time for my brain to catch up with what I was seeing, but definately a Gannet. 2nd or 3rd year bird.
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Old Monday 19th July 2010, 16:15   #9345
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Titchwell July 19th

Today's highlights

Green sandpiper - 4 on fresh marsh
Buff breasted sandpiper - unconfirmed report on fresh marsh this morning
Spoonbill - 1 on fresh marsh
Greenshank - 3 on fresh marsh
Little ringed plover - 1 on fresh marsh

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Old Monday 19th July 2010, 16:38   #9346
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hi there iam from the north east and staying in the norwich area looking forward to coming down to your beautiful part of the country.i arrive next monday and would be greatful for a few birding/insect hotspots thanks
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Old Tuesday 20th July 2010, 04:07   #9347
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Hello 'keithmc'.

As a starter, why not check out the:
NWT http://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/
and RSPB http://www.rspb.org.uk/
and NOA websites http://www.noa.org.uk/
and the Broads Authority http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/index.html ? ?
And http://www.beestoncommon.org.uk/

Then search this forum for recent and relevant stuff.

Also, Google individual sites.

Have a nice time, while I should be operating in a more southerly (and westerly) county, with cream and scones on offer.

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Titchwell July 20th

Today's highlights

Spoonbill - 1 briefly on fresh marsh this afternoon
Spotted redshank - 12 on fresh marsh
Green sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh
Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh
Crossbill - 3 west @ 10:15

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Old Tuesday 20th July 2010, 21:17   #9349
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Lots of goodies at Strumpshaw today: good views of Bittern, two Little Egrets, two Green Sands, several Buzzards and five+ Marsh Harriers. Lots of Bearded Tits too! Oh: a blue and white Budgie!
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