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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 18:25   #26
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durham birder needing help!

hi tim

im birding in norfolk next weekend, ill be there sat/mon and was just wondering if the rspb reserves would be the best places to visit for my first trip to norfolk. Some of the species on my want list are hobby,golden oriole,montague harrier, stone curlew, spotted crake and a few of the less hard to get ie turtle dove etc. I was going to go to the rspb reserve which is good for hobbys and golden oriole first, i cant remember the name of the top of my head but it begins with L, then iwas heading back up to titchwell and nearby reserves. Do you think this is a good route ive choosen and are my want species at these reserves, if not would it be possible for you to guide me in the correct direction for a good weekend of birding!
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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 18:31   #27
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Hi Steve

Lakeheath! Should provide you with Orioles (be patient) and Hobby.

Might be worth calling in at Weeting Heath reserve for Stone Curlew and Woodlark

Salthouse Heath for Nightingale and Nightjar, both towards dusk

Titchwell should be good for Bearded Tit, hopefully Cetti's Warbler, lots of Marsh Harriers, maybe a Bittern. Cley also good for all those birds

Honey Buzzards are displaying at Great Ryburgh watchpoint

Let me know if you need the details for the Montagu's Harrier site

Strumpshaw after dark for Spotted Crake calling but none as of today, yet... no chance of seeing one though

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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 18:41   #28
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Hi Steve

Lakeheath! Should provide you with Orioles (be patient) and Hobby.

Might be worth calling in at Weeting Heath reserve for Stone Curlew and Woodlark

Salthouse Heath for Nightingale and Nightjar, both towards dusk

Titchwell should be good for Bearded Tit, hopefully Cetti's Warbler, lots of Marsh Harriers, maybe a Bittern. Cley also good for all those birds

Honey Buzzards are displaying at Great Ryburgh watchpoint

Let me know if you need the details for the Montagu's Harrier site

Strumpshaw after dark for Spotted Crake calling but none as of today, yet... no chance of seeing one though

atb
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hi tim
thanx for the prompt reply!
that info is just perfect, cant wait to set off now! about the montagu's harrier site, would it be possible to get that info from you tim.
thanx once again.
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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 18:42   #29
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golden O --Hockwold Washes (formerly Lakenheath Washes)just left of thetford on B1112

stone C weeting heath on A1065 near Brandon-just a short way from lakenheath

then for other 2 north Norfolk
I see tim has answered but I'll leave it as may help abit

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At weeting heath look out for wood lark and spot flycatcher and maybe little owl if lucky

presently several Hobbys at minsmere but other 2 will need to go to North Norfolk

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golden O --Hockwold Washes (formerly Lakenheath Washes)just left of thetford on B1112

stone C weeting heath on A1065 near Brandon-just a short way from lakenheath

then for other 2 north Norfolk
I see tim has answered but I'll leave it as may help abit

keith
hi kieth
thanx for the directions, they will come in handy and make my trip easier!
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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 18:59   #32
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Flitcham is meant to be about as reliable as anywhere for Turtle Dove - I met a few birders last week who connected there.

I believe that there is a hide and that they get on the telegraph wires there?
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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 19:18   #33
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Thumbs up thank you for your help!

hi tim

i think ive made my mind up on the route, but could you tell me if they are in the correct order. I intend to start of at lakeheath and work my way back up.
lakeheath
weeting heath
salthouse heath
titchwell
im not to sure which order to fit in the honey buzzards & montagu's harrier. i dont no the whereabouts of these reserves as ive havent been to norfolk before. i'll be using a sat nav to find these places, so are all the mentioned actually names of towns, if not it would be appriciated if anyone reading this thread new the postcodes for the above destenations.
thanx again tim and any norfolk birders who can help!
i'll check the thread again soon to gather any helpful info
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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 19:42   #34
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im not to sure which order to fit in the honey buzzards & montagu's harrier.
The Montagu's should be active throughout the day. Honey's will need much more patience as they tend to fly above the canopy much less from now until the end of July - best time would be from 09:00 'til 13:00, take a snack, drinks and a seat

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Old Sunday 11th June 2006, 20:47   #35
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I'd give the Honey's a miss unless you really want them, if this heat continues the heat haze makes viewing difficult, they can be distant and you might need to give it a long time - with all the quality birding available I think your time could be better spent.

As for using Sat Nav, surely with access to the Internet you could perhaps locate these sites on a map first just to give you an idea of where you are going?!
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Old Monday 12th June 2006, 11:00   #36
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If going to salthouse for nightingales and nightjars it should be your last port of call as needs to be near dusk.
Dont forget tichwell can be a days work as normally plenty to see.
also if going to salthouse Cley is always worth a look,just before salthouse.also nice food at the pub at salthouse and good views over the marsh

as for directions-- are you regged with birdguides.com if so click on norfolk for a list of places and a map and directions to all the places can be got.

have a great time hope the weather stays nice
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Old Monday 12th June 2006, 16:24   #37
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If going to salthouse for nightingales and nightjars it should be your last port of call as needs to be near dusk.
Dont forget tichwell can be a days work as normally plenty to see.
also if going to salthouse Cley is always worth a look,just before salthouse.also nice food at the pub at salthouse and good views over the marsh

as for directions-- are you regged with birdguides.com if so click on norfolk for a list of places and a map and directions to all the places can be got.

have a great time hope the weather stays nice
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hi kieth
yes im with birdguides, i'll get that info from the the site thanx and im surew i'll have a great time in norfolk, i've heard a lot of good reports!
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Old Tuesday 13th June 2006, 00:38   #38
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Those wanting to see Norfolk Hawkers could try Whitlingham Broad in Norwich - there were 7 males holding territory Monday morning.
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Old Tuesday 13th June 2006, 10:17   #39
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Hi Guys

Off to Norfolk tomorrow till Sunday.

Anywhere along the A149 between Titchwell and Salthouse for a decent cuppa and lunch time snack...........without going into places like Wells if poss.

I know Blakeney has a cafe or 2 and Holkham Hall also has a cafe but anywhere else you could let me know about.

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ps whats the name of the pub in Warhams that does treacle puddings and the like?
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Cley Beach cafe does good beans on toast etc

The bakers on A149 on eastern outskirts of Hunstanton (very close to Titchwell) does great real coffee and snacks as does the beach cafe there near golf

Salthouse has a newish place on the green and chip shop might be open opposite beach road

A 5 minute detour to Burnham Market might be worthwhile if you want more choice
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Cley Beach cafe does good beans on toast etc

The bakers on A149 on eastern outskirts of Hunstanton (very close to Titchwell) does great real coffee and snacks as does the beach cafe there near golf

Salthouse has a newish place on the green and chip shop might be open opposite beach road

A 5 minute detour to Burnham Market might be worthwhile if you want more choice

Cheers for that Tim...........hhmm beans on toast.........one of my favs.
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Can recommend the smoked mackeral and horseradish sarnies at Cookies smokehouse at Salthouse - if you can stand the crowds.
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Can recommend the smoked mackeral and horseradish sarnies at Cookies smokehouse at Salthouse - if you can stand the crowds.
Now that sounds interesting Rob.............not sure the missus would go for that but i would.......cheers.
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Would anybody be good enough to PM me the loction for the Monties so I can add it to the itinerary for this weekend please???

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Would anybody be good enough to PM me the loction for the Monties so I can add it to the itinerary for this weekend please???

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Will do around 3pm today Stew

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Upton Fen was rather good today.

Swallowtails & Norfolk Hawkers. c.6-10 Painted Lady (my first of the year) . Also Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Brimstone butterflies

some profusion of orchids - mostly Western Marsh (i think ? - well they look nice whatever they are anyhow), with one or two Common Spotted & one Bee Orchid in flower

Birds - 3+ Hobby (could even have been 5)
2 Marsh Harrier
1 Buzzard drifting over eastwards
Cuckoo calling
Reed Buntings feeding young

top sight was a Hobby that was obviously not content with mere dragonflies so decided to chase after a few of the local Lapwings, then when that didn't work out turned his attention to a passing Marsh Harrier instead. Needless to say that weren't exactly succesful either !

best outing of the year
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Well i'm back and had a good trip.

Beans on toast were great at Cley cafe....thanks Tim.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat in the evenings then the Wiveton Bell at Wiveton is great.Might have to book.......it is very popular.
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weekend in norfolk

thanx to all who helped plan my trip!

had a great weekend in Norfolk and the highlights were:

lakenheath: 3 x golden oriole, 3 x hobby
weeting heath: 2 x stone curlew with day old chick
cley/salthouse: little terns, little egrets, turtle doves, marshharriers
bearded tits, nightjars
titchwell: 10 x spotted redshank, 10 x little gull, 1 x med gull, little tern
bar-tailed godwits

then i finished the weekend of with montague's harrier (male&female), marsh harrier, common buzzard, sparrowhawk and then corn buntings before returning home with a huge smile on my face!
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Avocets and bee-eater

My brother in law rang me on saturday to say he was watching 2 Avocets on the snettisham reserve.He does this to make me jealous having been to norfolk once only!They were on the part where dogs can be walked if thats any help.Bitter thing is;while I was playing cricket on saturday,Andy Sims had found 2 avocets on Apex lake,which is only 100 yards from where I was standing/fielding!
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