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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2010, 21:51   #9726
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Yellow-browed Warbler at Warham today but no sign of the Barred...
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Old Wednesday 22nd September 2010, 22:57   #9727
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Yellow brow is a good sign for the weekend!
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Old Thursday 23rd September 2010, 08:30   #9728
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Yellow-browed Warbler at Warham today but no sign of the Barred...
Where abouts at warham was the ybw? Was going to go to holme first this morning but will defo take a detour to see one of them beauties for the first time.
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Old Thursday 23rd September 2010, 13:57   #9729
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in the light that we might be on for a decent seawatch tomorrow i thought i'd share a article from the Glaven Valley Newsletter written by local birder and Point stalwart Chris Wheeler. He's not saying anything new but he sums up the pitfalls and subtle difficulties involved in seawatching brilliantly

''The ID of sea-birds that pass by along our coast is not that easy and the various authorities that have to adjudicate on these records have a very difficult job. A sea-bird passing by is not going to stop or hang around. Unless you are very lucky, it is probably only in view for less than a minute, perhaps disappearing into the wave troughs, the wind may be very strong, the light not that good and it may be very distant. Memorising all the details and having to make a split second decisions can cause confusion and lead the imagination astray. At the end of the day one may be confident in what one has seen, but being able to convince sommeone else is another matter. The one really practical aid is experience and the longer one spends looking at birds both here and abroad the greater chance one has of getting it right. The reason that i mention this is that there have been four reports this year along our coast of sea-birds that are very rare or could be the first record for Norfolk. These include Brunnich's Guillemot, Bridled/Sooty Tern, Wilson's Petrel and Masked Booby, I wish the observers the best of luck".
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Old Thursday 23rd September 2010, 18:35   #9730
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in the light that we might be on for a decent seawatch tomorrow........
Decent or not - sadly work gets in the way! Hope it stretches out to Saturday morning, which at the moment it does

Good Luck for Seawatchers on Friday though.

N Friday and NNW on Saturday NE/NNE all day Sunday!

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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 16:57   #9731
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Titchwell September 24th

Today's highlights

Spoonbill - 5 on fresh marsh
Little stint - 3 on fresh marsh

From 8am, Saturday September 25th, the west bank path will re-open from the visitor centre to the beach. Construction of the new Parrinder Hide will start in the next couple of weeks and should be open by early December.

Thank you all for your support and patience over the last month or so.

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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 18:58   #9732
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Excellent days seawatching, as expected a quiet start with just a few Gannets and a fair busy passage of Divers.
Despite this our early start felt justified in that we had got centre seats for the main event and witnessing the quiet period enabled as to follow the compete story of the day - from quiet to the floodgates opening which we anticipated would occur late morning to a steady procession in the afternoon. This is what we were hoping for and for once this is exactly how it transpired.

First signs as the wind gradually picked up and swung round to the North was an increase in Gannets and the first manxie, then about 11 with a heavy front encroaching suddenly everything was in rush to stay ahead of the squalls. In amongst the Bonxies was first a close fully spooned adult Pom, followed by half a dozen more, then Sooties with Manxies, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Bonxies (in flocks up to 25) streaming through. Certainly the most intense part of the day, made more exhilarating by a lot of the birds either going over the beach or close in over the surf. The first Long-tail was picked up - an incredibly pale, lemon-headed bird flashing through at close range. Because of the squalls the light up to about 1pm made viewing difficult and another half dozen Skuas all looked good candidates for Long-tailed but were disgarded as ID couldn't quite be nailed. Terns and a few Little Gulls were moving through the surf and in amongst a couple of Sandwich a superb Sabine's Gull was picked out.

As the initial rush subsided the afternoon stretched out with a constant procession of Bonxies and as we really got our eyes in, more Long-tails. Most were intermediate or pale morphs, one flying through with an accompanying Arctic giving direct comparisons. Evening are generally best for seeing Leach's Petrel as we were eventually rewarded with two flitting and shearing in and out of the troughs. Stuff was still passing as we left and the 627 Bonxies i believe is a new Norfolk record.

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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 19:33   #9733
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Sheringham

A jolly productive day at sheringham
10.5 hours seawatching 6.40am - 5.10 pm
Although the cheeky late comers had the right idea as nothing really happened til 10! Pretty much everything going east

Sabine's Gull - juv
2 Leach's Petrels
5 Long-tailed Skuas all juvs, one cracking pale phase (+4 or 5 probables)
7 Pomarine Skuas (including an adult with full spoons)
10 Sooty Sheawaters
c70 Manx Shearwaters
c80 Arctic Skuas
c600 Great SKuas
5+ Puffin
100+ Kittiwakes
30+ Fumlmar
c750 Gannet
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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 19:41   #9734
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A jolly productive day at sheringham
10.5 hours seawatching 6.40am - 5.10 pm
Although the cheeky late comers had the right idea as nothing really happened til 10! Pretty much everything going east

Sabine's Gull - juv
2 Leach's Petrels
5 Long-tailed Skuas all juvs, one cracking pale phase (+4 or 5 probables)
7 Pomarine Skuas (including an adult with full spoons)
10 Sooty Sheawaters
c70 Manx Shearwaters
c80 Arctic Skuas
c600 Great SKuas
5+ Puffin
100+ Kittiwakes
30+ Fumlmar
c750 Gannet
I saw no point arriving early. It was sunny with little wind when I left home. This soon changed!
On site from 945 to 515.
A record-long watch as was the huge number of bonxies.

I thought the day would be good. Even better than expected.
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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 21:02   #9735
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Roll on tomorrow!!!!! AND I have the whole weekend!!!

Fungi on my blog that I snapped in the rain at work today.

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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 21:17   #9736
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got a few days off from sunday thinking about having a drive back down to north norfolk anyone recommend a good b & b or hotel
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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 23:04   #9737
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got a few days off from sunday thinking about having a drive back down to north norfolk anyone recommend a good b & b or hotel
Sleep in the coastguards at cley beach like we use to do. oops its been knocked down sorry.
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Old Friday 24th September 2010, 23:12   #9738
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Sleep in the coastguards at cley beach like we use to do. oops its been knocked down sorry.
The Beach Hotel is still open for business.

Last one back from the pub gets the wet & windy side!


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Old Saturday 25th September 2010, 14:15   #9739
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Empid sp, (Alder, Willow or Least flycatcher) at blakeney Point in case anyone that's interested hasn't heard. Amazing record!!
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Old Saturday 25th September 2010, 15:42   #9740
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Empid sp, (Alder, Willow or Least flycatcher) at blakeney Point in case anyone that's interested hasn't heard. Amazing record!!
now being ided as yellow bellied!
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Old Saturday 25th September 2010, 18:35   #9741
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now being ided as yellow bellied!
Down to the yellowish tinge to the throat and underparts. This was the view of the experts and the book agrees.

Got some record shots.

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Old Saturday 25th September 2010, 19:07   #9742
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Congrats, James McC ! !

In the worst weather through which I've walked any distance, I staggered to the Point, at times being halted by the gale force NW winds. Waterproof trousers became soaking wet inside.

Whose idea was it to put a gravel drive most of the way out there ?

The journey back was far easier, with the wind behind.

A couple more record shots, before the big guns post theirs.
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Weather charts look good for tonight and tomorrow if I'm reading them correctly. Coupled with the fact that it's going to be swamped with birders here tomorrow means something else good will almost certainly turn up. It's got to be my turn again for a good finders tick!
Enjoy the bird/birds/carnage!
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Old Saturday 25th September 2010, 20:32   #9744
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Have uploaded some of my pics of the flycatcher on to my blog. Not brilliant but may add to the debate before the big boys show their's!

Great twitch, really felt that the bird had been 'earnt' in the wind, rain and shingle!! Good to see so many familiar faces that I hadn't seen for a while (and those I had!)


Josh - I took some pics of you running away from the twitch, but I don't know how to resize (!) so you're off the hook!!
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What are the tide times tomorrow please?
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Old Saturday 25th September 2010, 20:50   #9746
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Empid I.D.

Not sure if any further opinion is needed on this flycatcher - and though I recognize that views in the field absolutely trump looking at photos on a computer monitor - I will still throw in some comments about the Empidonax pictured.

Going by what I see in the views above, I would support the diagonsis of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. As Kenn Kaufmann rightly states in his book, "a large dose of caution" is required when identifying out-of-range, and especially, silent empids; that said, I see a fairly wide eye-ring (most Willow/Alders have thin eye-rings, some none at all), the expected greyish-yellow throat, and a very short primary projection. This latter character speaks against both Willow/Alder and Acadian. (It does not eliminate Least, however).

One thing that observers in the field might see, and I cannot really in the photos, is the exact hue of the back. Kaufmann says (and I have noticed this in the field myself) that Yellow-bellied and Acadian are both much greener than either Least or Willow/Alder (which might be described as grey-green or dark olive). I get a hint of this in one of the shots here (with the back to the camera), but the light is far from ideal, so I wouldn't bank on it. However, in the field, I think this difference would be noticable - if maybe more than a little difficult to pick up without experience of the other species in the genus.

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What are the tide times tomorrow please?
High tide on the North Coast is about 9 ish depending on where you are. Expect it to be early , very big and the tide to hang on with the high north winds and spring tides. In fact not a day to be messing about below the high tide line unless you realy know what you are doing.

Any one on the coast in the morning be worth checking out the pipits as 2 Richards pipits present mid week in addition to the Hunstanton one.
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Just a note of caution in interpreting the photos that I have seen posted so far - the colour reproduction particularly for those on Surfbirds provides a very poor (and misleading) impression of the birds actual colour tones in the field - presumably as a function of the light conditions. The mantle had a clearly greenish tone and the underparts were a clearly yellow colour, though somewhat sullied, including the throat.
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Hi. Did the flycatcher go missing or fly off earlier? Thankyou.
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