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Old Tuesday 20th June 2006, 16:17   #51
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had a few hours walking around buckenham marsh and strumpshaw fen
this afternoon.nothing out of the ordinary, but I did get ..

14 avocets at buckenham rspb with
3 little egrets*
2 hobbys
5 redshanks
1 pair of marsh harriers
1 grey wagtail

also stunning close views of a sedge warbler wondering what to do with a horse fly(possibly the same one which bit me ten minutes earlier)

back at strumpshaw even more hobbys (4) were found with at least two pairs of marsh harriers,one of which dropped down into the reeds with a huge rat!,then sat in front of the fen hide on an old tree stump giving all those present excellent close views.also bearded tits were active in the reeds,one female was seen well from the visitors hide.

no luck with the swallowtails or kingfisher today,maybe next week?

either way, a nice sunny afternoon in the norfolk broads,only downside is I
managed to leave my mobile phone on top of the car while driving out of the carpark,didn't realize til 28 miles down the A140

lord knows where it is now?

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Old Tuesday 20th June 2006, 17:12   #52
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Swallowtails are best seen down the wide track just west of the reserve. 300 odd yards down is a house on the right with a lovely garden - they get all over that general area. Norfolk Hawkers too.

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Old Wednesday 21st June 2006, 19:10   #53
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Swallowtails are best seen down the wide track just west of the reserve. 300 odd yards down is a house on the right with a lovely garden - they get all over that general area. Norfolk Hawkers too.

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think I know the house you mean,the old guy who owns the house is a pleasure to talk to if ever you pass by and he's working in his garden,I
believe he is quite an eminent naturalist and auther,though don't recall
his name.

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Old Wednesday 21st June 2006, 19:34   #54
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I'm at work now.Phil,my coresetter,was visiting in Flitcham(Abbey Road) last week,and described an unusual bird for him.'blue breast with yellow neck and a bent beak quite long.Using our database I showed him an image and he said it was the bird.He was there until friday morning,and said there was always birds at the table.
Sorry if I've interpreted this wrong... but did you just say you know someone who had a Roller in Flitcham the other day?! Yellow neck doesn't fit though..
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Old Wednesday 21st June 2006, 21:20   #55
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Think he means Bee-eater....(read the title)
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2006, 06:54   #56
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Can't find the post i'm referring to now ... where's it gone ???? ....

anyhow - Marsh Helleborine at Upton Fen, Tim - where ? (on that meadow, sort of round to the right from the main entrance track, maybe?)

i lost a photo i was rather pleased with, and now i'm after another one

there is a good tea room in Stokesby
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2006, 08:18   #57
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Karl, the post was Fen Orchid in Norfolk, if you know where the Fen Orchids are then in a week or two stand in the same place and you should easily see a few Marsh Helleborines

PM me if you need exact locations (it is impossible to find them without!)

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Old Thursday 22nd June 2006, 13:15   #58
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Yes found the thread again now - it was obviously far too early in the morning !

Anyhow .... your mailbox is full ole bean !
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Old Thursday 22nd June 2006, 13:43   #59
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web links

Some web resources that might be useful:
Norfolk birders diaries & blogs:
http://www.freewebs.com/suebryan/index.htm
http://www.wildlifeaylmerton.blogspot.com/
http://birderonabike.blogspot.com/
http://www.geocities.com/ueabirders/

todays sightings
http://www.noa.org.uk/docs/today_top.html

yahoo discussion groups:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/norfolkbirds/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/norfolk-wildlife/

Norfolk Insects:
moths
http://website.lineone.net/%7Edavid.hipperson/index.htm
dragonflies
http://www.norfolkdragons.co.uk/index.shtml

Societies
Norfolk & Norwich Naturalists' Society: http://www.users.paston.co.uk/golds/nns02.html
Norfolk Wildlife Trust :
http://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/

walks with free maps
http://www.countrysideaccess.norfolk.gov.uk/index.html

more wildlife links
http://www.pastonroot.co.uk/golds/norf_wlw.html
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nice links there harassedDad thanks
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Having a family holiday down Norfolk the w/c 1st july. Will be staying in Tunstead near Wroxham. Does anyone know any pubs that do decent meals in the area and allow kids? Also any information on local bird sites that aren't published in the books would be a great help.
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Old Thursday 29th June 2006, 16:03   #62
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so whats the scene at stubb mill this time of year?

if the area is grazed by cattle during the summer the cranes should be easier to see shouldn't they?

probably a few marsh harriers around,are the red footed falcons an annual event here?,and did that harris hawk decide to go home for tea after all.

don't really hear much about this site during the summer,possibly due to
being more of a winter raptor spot.

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Old Thursday 29th June 2006, 20:27   #63
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curiously i was just thinking about Stubb mill this afternoon as i haven't been down the lane for a couple of weeks now. maybe i'll try over the next couple of days

Usually 2 or 3 harriers about the general Horsey / Hickling area though

as for the Cranes i suppose it depends how well they are hiding Matt

... i know last year there were 2 cranes regularly frequenting the fields by the Horsey Warren track over by the dunes so they were dead-easy to see but i aren't sure about this year as i can't get my bike down there, and can't be bothered walking, now they've put a gate up - Something to do with it being a sensitive area (but i see its still ok for the farmer to drive his tractor over it & dog walkers to let their filthy animals c*ap on it)
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Old Saturday 1st July 2006, 08:53   #64
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Forced myself into a little bit of effort yesterday and left home early

Until yesterday I never would have thought birds would sing in the fog but proved that idea totally wrong on the way up Horsey Rd as there were loads of Skylarks singing away, and one or two Chiffchaffs, Yellowhammers and Reed Warblers in what was really quite thick mist with visibility down to about 4 or 5 metres at times. Actually the combination of the dawning half-light & the swirling mist was quite eerie at times but it was nice to see whats about before anything gets chance to spoil it all

got to Stubb Mill about 5.30 and waited around not seeing much at all except a couple of Blackcaps and hearing a few singing Willow Warblers, til the fog lifted about 6.30, and suddenly there was loads to look at

c6 Marsh Harriers
2 Barn Owls, 1 caught a mouse or something
Lapwings
3 Redshank
1 Kestrel
1 Green Woodpecker
2 GS woodpeckers
svl Whitethroats
c20 Swifts
c10 Longtailed Tits
4 Blackcaps
2 Reed Warblers
2 Common Crane over, heading north

But there weren't many people there...
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Old Saturday 1st July 2006, 10:53   #65
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It's the OBC run today on the North Norfolk Coastal Path

I am running about 3 pm from Blakeney towards Salthouse... anyone feel free to join at either Blakeney Quay Car Park 3 pm or in Dun Cow, Salthouse after for the football four-ish
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Had a good day today

Bloody hot though and not a day for running although the scenery was lovely; did 8 miles in the blazing heat, then a few pints in the Dun Cow. Plenty of characters around including Mr Millington and Mr Johns. Disappointing game and the lager and dehydration has given me a wicked headache.

A big up to Stuart Reeves who did his best to participate but was beaten by a hectic schedule. Next year Stu.
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Had a good day today

Bloody hot though and not a day for running although the scenery was lovely; did 8 miles in the blazing heat, then a few pints in the Dun Cow. Plenty of characters around including Mr Millington and Mr Johns. Disappointing game and the lager and dehydration has given me a wicked headache.

A big up to Stuart Reeves who did his best to participate but was beaten by a hectic schedule. Next year Stu.
Glad to hear it was a good day Tim. Next year indeed...

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A quick mention for some more non-bird news in Norfolk - the excellent numbers of Silver-studded Blues on the wing at Buxton Heath, north of Norwich. Up to 500+ have been reported in the last week or so.

Spent ages there yesterday, trying to find the right area and habitat for them, so thought some basic directions and a grid ref might help for anyone else going looking... Park in the carpark on the south side of the heath at approx TG171214, and walk north for about 1km. The area favoured is the north side of the main clearing - we saw plenty in the north west corner, approx TG171221.

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Cheers Dave

think i'll get up there later on

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cheers for the tip off David

loads of em about still

really nice sight

managed to get a dodgy pic

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the buxton heath wildlife group had a great website,with monthly downloadable news letters including sightings etc.

can't seem to find it anywhere now though..will rummage!

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Glad you found the silver-studs OK, Tim - here's another tip off for this afternoon!

Loads of Dark Green Fritillaries in the dunes at Horsey between Horsey Corner (where the carpark was packed, incidentally) and the end of the Nelson Head track.

You'll struggle to get any sort of photo of these, though - only saw one or two settle, and then only for a matter of seconds.
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cheers dave, hope those hold out til thursday

Saw a rather late Swallowtail early this evening at Wheatfen, may have been two but the other was so brief & far away it could have been something else, PAinted Lady maybe. Also 1 Hobby & a very nice male Marsh Harrier

8 miles in that sun ...thats good going ... (gis a shout a little earlier next year tim ...)

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8 miles in that sun ...thats good going ... (gis a shout a little earlier next year tim ...)
Hey Karl

bit sore today

going to try for the DG Frits tomorrow aftr work all being well. Will post details on here re location if i see them.

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