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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 11:05   #3251
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Thanks Penny, we got back in the small hours on Monday morning.
Great trip to Italy - got all the target birds (Scared Ibis, Northern Bobwhite, Ashy-throated Parrotbill and Vinous-throated Parrotbill) plus some other goodies like loads of Great White Egrets, Great Grey Shrike, Penduline Tit, 'Italian' Sparrow, Peregrines, Long-eared Owls and stuff.
Breaking the ice and standing for hours in ankle deep icy water waiting for Parrotbills wasn't alot of fun though!

OK, won't go on too much as I'm not sure a Norfolk birding forum is the best place....!

I'll put a proper report in the vacational trip reports forum and on my website when I can.

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 11:47   #3252
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Thanks Penny, we got back in the small hours on Monday morning.
Great trip to Italy - got all the target birds (Scared Ibis, Northern Bobwhite, Ashy-throated Parrotbill and Vinous-throated Parrotbill)

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What were you doing to the ibis Chris - shouting at it!!!

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 12:02   #3253
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lol Sandra, you haven't seen me - I'd scare most things!

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 15:44   #3254
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Afternoon all

I'm planning another trip to norfolk this Sat, Sun and Mon. Ive worked out a list of sites and species i want to see and will have a bag of seed in hand (for buntings not the sparrow!). I just have a few questions:

Where is wolverton triangle? Could anyone provide a map?
I would really like to see Twite, is anyone hiding some?! I've been following reports and on here and they seem a bit scarce this year. Is Thornham harbour still the most reliable site? Anyone seen them at Brancaster staithe or Titchwell?
Shorelarks - again anyone hiding them?!

I think i'm pretty sorted otherwise, i'll have more time this visit so looking forward to having som random wandering to find my own birds.. hopefully!

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 17:25   #3256
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 17:50   #3257
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Interesting thread this! I managed nice views of the Wacton Common Dark-breasted Barn Owl on Saturday (after missing it by minutes the previous day). The bird was initially showing reasonably well as it roosted in the barn before putting on a good display as it hunted over the common. I managed to digiscope some record shots of the bird. It is a very striking bird and a form that I have wanted to see for many years.

Also during the weekend we had the White-crowned Sparrow at Cley, Black Brant at Holkham, Rough-legged Buzzard at Burnham Norton, Great Grey Shrike giving superb views in the evening sun on Kelling Heath, Tundra Bean Geese at Welney and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Tottenhill.

I have posted some pics of the Dark-breasted Barn Owl here:
http://www.atricillaimages.co.uk/index.php?q=node/2692

Some pics of the Tundra Bean Geese here:
http://www.atricillaimages.co.uk/index.php?q=node/2687

Some pics of the Rough-legged Buzzard here:
http://www.atricillaimages.co.uk/index.php?q=node/2732

Some pics of the Great Grey Shrike here:
http://www.atricillaimages.co.uk/index.php?q=node/2744

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Black Redstart showed well today at Binham Priory. Good to see you there Postcard CV. I can now put a face to a BF name!
I'm afraid this is the best I could manage as the bird was so high up! I bet you have a much better shot of it!
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 18:16   #3259
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Black Redstart showed well today at Binham Priory. Good to see you there Postcard CV. I can now put a face to a BF name!
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good to see you too Sue... though I have met you before (at the junco, then the showy Sabine's at Cley and the bluetail at Weybourne), I guess I'm just too easily forgotten.
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Yes it was the most I have EVER counted there, I have never seen more than maybe 3 together!! When it first occured I counted 3 or 4, then I got excited because more and more kept appearing!, I recounted again and counted 5, then again and counted 7, then 9, then 11 and then for the last and final count, I had a clear 13, it could have been more, but I like to under count rather than over count. A few other people were watching as well, another lady got to 9, I couldn't quite believe I had just counted 13 Marsh Harriers!!!! On the way back to centre I just caught Paul Roney as he was leaving and reported it to him.

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We had a look at the harrier roost last night and had 8 birds (7 females and a young male) to roost although the bird we call the 'resident female' was being territorial and chased the other birds off to the east towards Gypsy Lane.
The 'resident female' was sky dancing over the reedbed this afternoon - a fantastic sight!
3 scaup (drake and 2 females) off the boardwalk this afternoon.

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 18:36   #3261
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A good day today! A very kind offer a lift to the coast (many thanks R.R) meant I managed good views of the cracking Rough-legged Buzzard sat on posts and briefly in flight between Burham Norton and Burnham Deepdale from 11:30am-12:30pm at least and then got stunning views of the W C Sparrow at Cley. Unfortunately couldnt locate the Richard's Pipit at Stiffkey but the Rough-legged more than made up for that, its a real cracker with a very white head and dark belly... yummy...

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 19:57   #3262
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Today from the Cley end of Blakeney Point; c23 Twite, feeding on saltmarsh, 6 Snow Buntings over, 1 Merlin and a pair of Stonechats. On the sea at lunchtime were c36 Red Throated Divers, 3 Common Scoters and, later on, a bit of a surprise in the shape of a ringtail Hen Harrier going east a fair way out, spotted by Richard Porter.

Hope the weather is as nice tomorrow as it was today.

Year list up to 130, with Twite the most recent addition.

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 20:47   #3263
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Can't compete with some of the recent stuff on here but still as interesting & informative thread as ever...

- Chaffinches and at least 2 Brambling in trees opposite the Big C centre (Norfolk & Norwich hospital) this morning, quite flighty & mobile between opp. sides of the road. And a couple of Egyptian Geese, 1 GS Woodpecker, over
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 23:01   #3264
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An hour spent sitting in Lion's Wood near Norwich turned up Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper and a first Nuthatch of the year.

Tomorrow I'm getting the bus to Long Stratton and walking to Wacton for the Barn Owl, and fingers crossed the Short-eared Owl too :)
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A nice male Manadarin and a singing Willow Tit on the Nunnery Lakes Reserve (Thetford) this week. Also, the Great Grey Shrike's back at Grime's Graves. Details on my website:

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Old Tuesday 12th February 2008, 23:37   #3266
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A good day today! A very kind offer a lift to the coast (many thanks R.R) meant I managed good views of the cracking Rough-legged Buzzard sat on posts and briefly in flight between Burham Norton and Burnham Deepdale from 11:30am-12:30pm at least and then got stunning views of the W C Sparrow at Cley. Unfortunately couldnt locate the Richard's Pipit at Stiffkey but the Rough-legged more than made up for that, its a real cracker with a very white head and dark belly... yummy...

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Welcome back from Wales!

Whereabouts did you see the RL Buzzard exactly please, did you park in the carpark, just off sharp corner at Burnham Norton and walk north along the seabank? or PM if preferred.

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Welcome back from Wales!

Whereabouts did you see the RL Buzzard exactly please, did you park in the carpark, just off sharp corner at Burnham Norton and walk north along the seabank? or PM if preferred.

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Hi Penny, although for the best views of the Rough-legged Buzzard you would be wise to park up at Burnham Norton and walk north along the seawall, I got very satisfactory views from the A149. I pulled into the last layby/pull in before the main concrete pad at Burnham Norton. From here there is a line of Willows and Poplars. The Buzzard was sitting on a post out to your right across the marsh by a metal gate. I suppose a bit of luck is needed for the bird to be visible from here, but walking across the marsh between Burnham Norton and Burnham Deepdale should see you right (as you described)... Otherwise you could get luck by pulling in at other strategic points between Norton and Deepdale

Please note the bird was not visible from the mian concrete pad...

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Couldn't resist a visit to Beeston Common today to have a look at the Bittern present there for some time now. It was really worth it as the Bittern in walking around, constantly on view on a small pond only c 150 m from the layby. It really is worth a visit, absolutely fantastic. Hopefully people will be sensible as it is showing so well (presumably flushing being the reason news had been kept quiet). Makes up for only just finding out about the 3 or 4 in NW Norfolk!

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Couldn't resist a visit to Beeston Common today to have a look at the Bittern present there for some time now. It was really worth it as the Bittern in walking around, constantly on view on a small pond only c 150 m from the layby. It really is worth a visit, absolutely fantastic. Hopefully people will be sensible as it is showing so well (presumably flushing being the reason news had been kept quiet). Makes up for only just finding out about the 3 or 4 in NW Norfolk!

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the story with this Bittern is that it hasn't been suppressed just that no birders have been checking Beeston Common, Ive done everything except the pond, even did the bushes further down the Common in early Jan, (but may not have been there then). There has even been a letter from a dog walker to the local free Sheringham newspaper asking saying there's a Bittern there, but the Bittern only got properly found when a local birder was asked to look at it by a neighbour, he expected a Pheasant so amazed to see it.
Theres a very thick sea fret up here at the moment and the pond is frozen most of the morning so possibly best to check it in the afternoon when its most active (it caught about 16 frogs yesterday afternoon).

easy to get to - park in the layby opposite The Maze just east of Sheringham and walk up to the pond, its extremely tame but no need to get too close as its frame filling from the edge of the pond. Also male Bullfinch this morning and someone had it in flight being mobbed by a Merlin on Sunday!
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Shorelarks - again anyone hiding them?!

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There were three Shorelarks at the end of East Bank at Cley about week and half ago and 3 in November (presumably the same ones) so they must still be about somewhere, maybe further up towards the point although i'm sure its getting checked.
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easy to get to - park in the layby opposite The Maze just east of Sheringham and walk up to the pond, its extremely tame but no need to get too close as its frame filling from the edge of the pond.
I totally agree, I was there earlier in the week and was amazed that some felt the need to get right down into the mud at the edge of the pond! The bird was a lot more confident once these people had moved back.

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Hi guys,
Coming to join the masses over the weekend, can anyone answer these questions:

1) Are there any big Pinkfeet flocks at the moment?
2) Grid reference for car park at Burnham Norton?
3) Grid reference for layby at Beeston Common?
4) How many Lapland Buntings still at Salthouse, and how easy to find, any favoured area etc.?
5) Where is East Hills?

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Coming to join the masses over the weekend, can anyone answer these questions:

1) Are there any big Pinkfeet flocks at the moment?
4) How many Lapland Buntings still at Salthouse, and how easy to find, any favoured area etc.?

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Can answer these ones. 1) A few still around, 100 at Holkham, 50 at Stiffkey, 30 Snettisham etc. but most departed. 4) Only one now present and sometimes difficult amongst Snow Bunting flock.

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Can answer these ones. 1) A few still around, 100 at Holkham, 50 at Stiffkey, 30 Snettisham etc. but most departed. 4) Only one now present and sometimes difficult amongst Snow Bunting flock.

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Hang on, so the Bittern has been surpressed, but just not for 6 weeks. It was seen Y'day before dark when the message came out on the pager and, unless I read it wrong postcardcv saw it in the week.
I'm not saying this is a problem, but I am saying that we may as well call it as it is and try not to cover it up in flowery language.
I have just received a PM about the other birds and the situation was explained quietly and privately. This is the way supression should be handled, not with stories and covers!!!

Take care (and don't take me too seriously)
I'm just glad I was able to share this remarkable sighting

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