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Old Friday 17th August 2007, 09:06   #1751
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2 Arctic Skuas north past Sea Palling / Waxham 07:00 - 08:00

and 3 Teal, several terns and gannets but not a deal else

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Old Saturday 18th August 2007, 19:12   #1752
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We made a snap decision to go to Strumpshaw Fen this afternoon and, for the first time in ages, I decided not bother taking my digiscoping gear. Inevitably therefore, for about an hour, we were treated to fantastic views of a Kingfisher fishing from the posts right in front of the Reception hide.

After I had stopped crying I really enjoyed it, although my frustration returned briefly when we moved to the Fen hide and watched three beautiful little Snipe feeding in the mud just in front of the hide. Oh well, "C'est la vie."

The RSPB guy in the Reception informed me that the red dragonfly with black legs which we were watching was a Ruddy Darter. He seemed to think that they are not so common and seemed quite excited so I pass the information on.

On the way back we returned to the Reception hide and spent another 20 minutes watching the Kingfisher in action again. Great stuff.

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Old Sunday 19th August 2007, 17:44   #1753
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After missing out on the Kingfisher photos yesterday I decided to return to Strumpshaw with my scope and camera in the hope that I could get some photos today. Looking at the weather forecast I didn't hold out too much hope but it proved to be worth taking the chance as there were two Kingfishers fishing in front of the Reception hide.

I have now got nearly 100 photos to sift through but here is one I made earlier.

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Old Sunday 19th August 2007, 19:24   #1754
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easternmost pit this evening

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Old Sunday 19th August 2007, 19:28   #1755
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After missing out on the Kingfisher photos yesterday I decided to return to Strumpshaw with my scope and camera in the hope that I could get some photos today. Looking at the weather forecast I didn't hold out too much hope but it proved to be worth taking the chance as there were two Kingfishers fishing in front of the Reception hide.

I have now got nearly 100 photos to sift through but here is one I made earlier.

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Excellent pic, Ron

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Old Sunday 19th August 2007, 22:39   #1756
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The local Swifts disappeared maybe 10 days ago but I noticed 11 slipping southward here during the day. Curlew and Golden Plover over too.

If there's not much about by Tuesday then Wednesday looks promising. Go here...
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Old Monday 20th August 2007, 09:07   #1757
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Just got back from 2 weeks in Norfolk.

Stayed in Overstrand for the first week and Clippesby for the second.

I did quite a bit of birding early morning before the family woke up.

I saw some good birds with Curlew Sand at Titchwell, Arctic Skua overhead on the beach at Sea Palling and Blakeney, Cranes at Stubb Mill and Spoonbills and White Rumped Sand at Breydon Water.

Also some new Dragon and Damselflies at Strumpshaw.

No Swallowtails though so I will just have to venture back for next year.

Good beer and food at the Dun Cow and veggie breakfast at the Cliff Top cafe at Overstrand.

However back to reality now Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat
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Good seabird passage this morning from Sherringham (between 7.30-9.30) - 1 close sooty shearwater, 10+ manx , 20+ arctic skua, 5 bonxie, over 150 knot, 2 little gulls and plenty of Gannets. Its only a matter of time before we get a good bird in Norfolk (weather looking good!)
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Holme

Hi everyone,

Great birdfair Friday & Saturday, inspired, so had to get out in the field yesterday.

Holme 0830 -1400 Low cloud, and heavy drizzle produced some overhead wader passage - 14 Greenshank, 5 Green Sand, 14 Whimbrel, 90 Snipe in sev groups, these all over heading west presumably going to go S or SW and inland when they reach the corner of the wash.

Also 2 Arctic Skuas over the sea, and 1 Pom Skua all ads, the Pom was not sporting tail feathers, but plumage adult and id'd on size/jizz whilst alongside one of the Arctics.

400 Oyks on the beach, 300+ Knot in flight, lots of Sanderling & 40 Bar wits on the beach all ads. Doesn't appear that arctic waders have had a good year, but time will tell.

Greenshank & Cn Sand on NWT pools plus NWT waren had a Garganey but had disappeared when I got there.

50+ Swift high presumably migrants now, few Swallows west but no numbers.

Will try to get up another evening this week after work - then it's off to Tiree for a week, where I am hoping to photograph Corncrake and find something good.

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is it still possible to see Cranes from Stubb Mill at this time of year then? And are there any Swallowtails still flying
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I went on holiday to Norfolk thinking that the Cranes were a winter thing. I went along to Hickling Broad as two had been reported from the visitor centre. The lady in the visitor centre told me that the Cranes do indeed come into Stubb Mill in August. I went along and at about 8.45pm two Cranes came in followed by another party of around 10. Then a Barn Owl appeared and started hunting.

As for Swallowtails, apparently the second clutch has been poor with only a handfull of sightings. I didn't manage to see them despite going on a walk at Strumpshaw and checking Hickling everyday. Maybe next year
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thanks very much for that Darren, I also thought it was a winter thing
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Old Monday 20th August 2007, 19:36   #1763
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northerly wind was really getting up this evening so i put on the waterproofs and spent an hour seawatching 7:00 - 8:00 until the mist and rain closed in

4 Arctic Skuas
4 Common Scoters
13 Teal
7 Grey Plover
3 Knot
11 Oystercatcher
1 Dunlin
1 Golden Plover

several parties of terns bombing through, mostly Commons and Sandwich and several Gannets. And an unidentified skua.

Long-tailed past Sheringham and a Pom too this afternoon

could be good tomorrow morning - might chance the Sheringham shelters

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Had a look around Stiffkey Fen and the flood yesterday and there were a good numbers of waders. On the Fen, avocet 11, ruff 25, greenshank 11, green sand 1, pintail 1 drake. On the flood, little egret 11, ruff 5, green sand 9, greenshank 1, wood sand 1.

Seawatching off Titchwell produced 14 manx shearwaters and another single so far this morning.

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Old Tuesday 21st August 2007, 08:15   #1765
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Seawatching from Waxham this morning 06:30 - 08:30

6 Sooty Shearwaters
3 Manx Shearwaters
3 Black Terns
2 Great Skuas
9 Arctic Skuas
101 Teal
1 Common Eider
30 Common Scoter
8 Shelduck
11 Grey Plover
1 Curlew
1 Whimbrel
3 Knot
3 Dunlin
2 Wigeon
12 Oystercatchers
1 Fulmar
c.25 Kittiwakes

and Gannets in good numbers, Common and Sandwich Terns

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Storm petrel west past Titchwell, 150yds offshore at 12:35. The bird was battling against the strong wind and was last seen at 12:50 just east of Thornham Point still heading west.

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Old Tuesday 21st August 2007, 12:42   #1767
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Forgot the male pied fly in the bushes around the Island Hide

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Old Tuesday 21st August 2007, 13:26   #1768
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Pied Fly in the village

nice Stormy Paul - still a big bird in Norfolk!

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Thanks Tim, only the 4th Titchwell record. Not much else of note through today but now 2 wood sands on the fresh marsh this afternoon.

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Great Snipe, Greenish Warbler and Barred Warbler on Blakeney Point today.

Pomarine skua at Holme NOA

Pied flycatcher at Titchwell (as Paul Eele said earlier)

White rumped sandpiper at Breydon Water

Wood Sandpiper and Marbled Duck at Cantley Beet Factory

Pied fly at Sea Palling

Sooty Shearwater at Eccles on Sea and Waxham
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Highlights from an hours watching at Happisburgh from 06:40 were single Sooty Shearwater and 3 Manx Shearwater, a Fulmar, 2 Arctic Skuas, a 1st W Little Gull along the shoreline, 8 Kittiwakes, 2 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 3 Shelduck, 8 Scoter, 14 Knot, 5 Grey Plover and 7 Dunlin. All westward. Several Gannets up and down too.

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Old Thursday 23rd August 2007, 09:06   #1772
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Pretty good seawatching yesterday, pretty poor this morning.

Arctics passing yesterday morning at about 7-8 per hour.
Single Sooty and similar stuff to James above, plus Whimbrel and a few Curlews.

2 Wheatears at Sea Palling y'day and 4 at Waxham plus Garden Warbler

Very little this morning... 30 Knots, 15 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel of note and a single Spotted Flycatcher in the village
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It'll be interesting to see what crawls out of the woodwork, so to speak, when the sun peeps through later on Friday and through the weekend. There's gotta be a lot more rares out there. As the wind dropped this afternoon I took Ozzy for his walk and turned up a few Chiffs, Willow and Garden Warbler but nothing vaguely exciting. Yet.....

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Lots of goodies dropping in Norfolk today for those of you coming to Norfolk at the weekend:

Long tailed skua at Blakeney Point

Red backed shrikes at Holme NWT, Cley NWT, Sea Palling & Trimmingham.

European Storm Petrol Cley Marshes NWT

Wryneck at Holkham Pines & Sheringham

Pied Flycatchers at Holme NOA, Walsey NOA, Stiffkey

Spotted Flycatchers at Holme NOA, Walsey

Greenish Warblers Blakeney Point and at Holkham Pines and at Weybourne

Red Necked Phalarope at Cantley Beet Factory

I can't wait to get out at the weekend

Best Wishes Penny

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It'll be interesting to see what crawls out of the woodwork, so to speak, when the sun peeps through later on Friday and through the weekend. There's gotta be a lot more rares out there. As the wind dropped this afternoon I took Ozzy for his walk and turned up a few Chiffs, Willow and Garden Warbler but nothing vaguely exciting. Yet.....

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Yes, it looks like an exciting weekend ahead, hopefully James
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