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Old Saturday 24th July 2010, 18:31   #9376
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I agree with you there James...
Fantastic Norfolk record. Presumably only the second north sea record too??
The winds looked great this afternoon when I was strolling along Cromer beach on a (unfortunately) non birding visit!
Wilson's Storm Petrel was watched flying past Hartlepool Headland on the evening of 7.9.06 it's been accepted .Also another one was seen from a boat off the Northumberland coast in Sept 2002 and that is also been accepted.
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Old Saturday 24th July 2010, 21:48   #9377
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While at Hunstanton with the family this evening i did take a look out at the sea,managed 6 Gannet and 1 Arctic Skua,2 year ticks.....didn't see any Wilson's Petrel though

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Old Sunday 25th July 2010, 19:21   #9378
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The Pectoral Sandpiper showed well on my visit,as did the Wood Sandpiper.Couldn't find the Spoonbill or Bluethroat though.
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Old Monday 26th July 2010, 16:22   #9379
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Titchwell update

As I am sure you are aware, Year 2 of the project started today and until further notice, the main path to be beach will be closed. A present we are unsure how long the closure will be in place but it is hoped that we will be able to open again fully in the next 6-8 weeks. I will try to update on a weekly basis but the reserve blog (link below) will allow an almost daily progress report. Until there is access to the fresh marsh, there will be no daily bird updates.

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Old Monday 26th July 2010, 18:05   #9380
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North Scrape at Cley looked peachy this afternoon, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, over 100 Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, numerous Green Sands, Common Sand, 4 Greenshanks and all the regular stuff. Looks good for a rarity in the coming weeks.
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Old Monday 26th July 2010, 19:10   #9381
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North Scrape at Cley looked peachy this afternoon, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, over 100 Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, numerous Green Sands, Common Sand, 4 Greenshanks and all the regular stuff. Looks good for a rarity in the coming weeks.
My money's on a Sharp tailed sandpiper. anyone taking bet's
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Old Monday 26th July 2010, 19:56   #9382
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Have any of the oldies got it on their norfolk list ?
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Old Monday 26th July 2010, 20:30   #9383
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Four county records, the last in 1892.

Have seen bird obtained at Breydon in the Norwich Castle Museum. Was labelled as Siberian Pectoral Sandpiper.
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Old Tuesday 27th July 2010, 11:17   #9384
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King Eider

Found by Phil Vines when it flew in from the East and landed just East of sheringham shelter. Very difficult to be sure of 100% id against the light. But we went to West Runton car park as it was drifting East. It was picked up in the distance drifting towards us and was soon off the car park, although some way out. the light was much better here, where it is still (11.45) feeding.

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Old Tuesday 27th July 2010, 13:07   #9385
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Not a bad way to start the holidays. Cheers Mr. Vines! A little distant off West Runton when I was there around half 11, but a good chance to make out structure and observe the bird feeding. Hopefully this one will stick around and allow closer views over the next few days.
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Old Tuesday 27th July 2010, 21:37   #9386
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Couple of record shots of the King Eider attached, and whilst far from brilliant, they're okish given the distance it was.

Also shot of juv Med Gull which seems to be hanging around Sheringham seafront.

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Old Wednesday 28th July 2010, 07:56   #9387
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Couple of record shots of the King Eider attached, and whilst far from brilliant, they're okish given the distance it was.

Also shot of juv Med Gull which seems to be hanging around Sheringham seafront.

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Looks like the same bird that was in Yorks a few days ago. Good bit of relocation. Presumably it will carry on heading south....
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Old Wednesday 28th July 2010, 08:01   #9388
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In the field and from the pics, the lack of white on the tail and the extent of pale behind and above eye makes it look different to the Yorkshire bird.

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Old Wednesday 28th July 2010, 15:20   #9389
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In the field and from the pics, the lack of white on the tail and the extent of pale behind and above eye makes it look different to the Yorkshire bird.

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Hi John

I had decent views of the bird from Beeston yesterday but, contrary to your description, i noted much white on the tail. I can't really comment on the white behind and above the eye so i'll leave that aspect alone. To my eye, its state of moult looks remarkably similar to the photos of the Filey bird and, whilst obviously not conclusive, it must surely be more than just coincidence that when the Filey bird disappeared, the Norfolk bird turned up the very next day just a 100 miles away.

Decent bird whatever its origin and thanks to the finders for getting the news out so quickly.

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Old Wednesday 28th July 2010, 21:56   #9390
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Saw the King Eider yesterday, which was a good Norfolk tick to get back having been out of county for other recent records. Also, a Marsh Harrier over my house in Swardeston today was a decent garden tick :)

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Old Wednesday 28th July 2010, 22:20   #9391
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Read this URGENTLY: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=177146

AND: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=177065

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Old Thursday 29th July 2010, 11:53   #9392
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Thanks Penny, was getting depressed at being below 900 anyhow!!

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Conceed about the white on the tail, others saw this, I must have left before it turned to a decent angle to see it. However I am not alone in thinking the bird, from photos, does not look 100% like the Filey bird.

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Just looked at the birdguides pics and agree they make it look much more like the norflk bird than the close ups on surfbirds.

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Old Thursday 29th July 2010, 12:13   #9393
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Has the Eider has made its way to Winterton now? With a bit of luck it will carry on to Gorleston and I can stroll down the road and take a look in my lunch break.

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Old Saturday 31st July 2010, 22:47   #9395
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Went chasing after the Hooded Crow around Kelling and Salthouse, but couldn't find it anywhere or any other birders around.

Steve Gantlett however didn't dip on the Hooded Crow!!!!

See: http://www.birdingworld.co.uk/Cley%202010.1.htm


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Went chasing after the Hooded Crow around Kelling and Salthouse,
On the 17th July we had what was probably this bird coming in off the sea to the west of Sheringham, although a little too distant to be 100%, & the date also causing some doubt at the time. I know one was seen in the Eye Field briefly (presumably the same), but does anybody have an arrival date for this bird ?
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Spoonbill colony at Holkham NNR

It has been confirmed that a colony of Spoonbills has been established at Holkham NNR in Norfolk.

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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 15:26   #9398
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This is obviously fantastic news, and credit to all the staff at Holkham.

With Purple Heron breeding in Kent, Little Bittern in Somerset, and now a whole colony of Spoonbills here in Norfolk, could these be obvious signs of climate change?
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Great news regarding the Spoonbills. Breeding in style, 6 pairs! I would agree Mr. Sim that this can in some respects be attributed to climate change, but also to natural range expansion of these species. I wonder if a watchpoint has or will be set up?
Once the rain had ceased, I headed out to RSPB Buckenham Marshes. Very quiet on the reserve, I had to work for a Redshank! However, it was great to watch a very dark Common Buzzard sparring with a female Marsh Harrier, mid air of course. Fight! A male Marsh Harrier, Kestrel and odd looking juvenile Grey Wagtail were the other birds of note.
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 17:49   #9400
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JUV Monty's

Planning to day trip Norfolk on Saturday. Just wondered if Monty's still lurking around in the normal spots.

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