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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 11:17   #1851
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Good day out yesterday. Lesser-spotted woodpecker in Cringleford (by River Yare) on te way to picking up my car. Drove to Breydon at high tide - 7 Spoonbills there, walked towards Berney and was rewarded with Roseate Tern, Little Stint and Mediterranean Gull. Walked back to go through the waders and eventually located a White-rumped Sandpiper, probably the same one that's been at Breydon for a while.
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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 14:40   #1852
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Osprey currently floating around Burnham Market village area.

(from approx 14.30 this afternoon)

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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 17:30   #1853
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Osprey currently floating around Burnham Market village area.

(from approx 14.30 this afternoon)

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Grrrr... was there this afternoon about three ish (forced into shopping!) and afterwards thought it was a good date for Osprey so visited Holkham park lake. Alas no joy... Did have a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker call several times but it never showed itself. Nuthatch also present in mixed Lotti flock.

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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 19:06   #1854
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Had a look at the gull roost at Heacham south beach this evening. Had 3 med gulls bathing near the outfall and 4 other meds in the fields just inland from the seawall although got driven back inside by the rain.

Purple sand at Snettisham over the high tide again this morning.

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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 20:32   #1855
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I was at Strumpshaw today and an Osprey was listed on the sightings board for yesterday. While we were in a hide a man came in and told us he had just seen an Osprey the other side of the river between Rockland and Wheatfen.

I didn't see it myself and had to make do with the usual suspects plus four Common Sandpipers and two Kingfishers outside the Tower Hide.

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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 21:01   #1856
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At titchwell today- one pale phase Arctic Skua and 3 Red-throated Divers were the sum total of an hours sea watch but the waders were good with sumplum Grey Plover, flyover Whimbrel and a few other bits and pieces.
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Old Sunday 2nd September 2007, 21:23   #1857
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Looks like we should wake up to a more northerly airstream tomorrow, should be good for some seawatching.

Also looks like a midweek ridge of high pressure extending across the North Sea into Scandinavia and northern Europe, with a warm front tracking through west to east, may well be promising for some good coastal arrivals...

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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 10:23   #1858
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Cley Saturday 1st Sept

Took the train/bus to Cley on Saturday and spent some time painting in one of the hides, which meant that I didn't get the chance to get to the beach or to Arnold's marsh. However, I did have a nice curlew sandpiper, flock of beautiful golden plovers- a lot still in summer plumage and some greyer-looking plovers which I guess were either winter golden plovers or grey plovers, black tailed godwits (some still in summer plumage), sanderling, dunlin, ruff, green sandpiper, redshanks, greenshank, avocets, whimbrel, loads of snipe (haven't seen that many at Cley before),

Marsh Harriers, linnets, usual stuff. Also a little egret and the black swan. Dipped the water rail, as I was busy painting a lapwing. Strangely enough, didn't notice any oystercatchers, which are normally quite common there, although I was in more of a painting rather than birding frame of mind...
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White Rumped Sandpiper rptd again at Breydon Water this morning.

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Old Monday 3rd September 2007, 20:58   #1860
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cheers James, oh yes i forgot all about the UEA Broad, i actually did go there once but it absolutely tipped down with rain so i jacked it in and meant to go back one day...

Spoonbills on Breydon again (or is that Still) eh, hmmm... perhaps i should try again...
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Does anyone know when High tide will be at Breydon this coming weekend?
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Old Tuesday 4th September 2007, 11:40   #1862
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Tide times here, well worth bookmarking!
http://www.pol.ac.uk/ntslf/tidalp.html
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Old Tuesday 4th September 2007, 13:44   #1864
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14 Sooty Shearwaters and a Manxie rptd past Sheringham 6:40-10:40am also Pom Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas and 9 Great Skuas. Sabines Gull y/day

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Would be interested to know if anyone else has seen the Brents seen yesterday around Cley Channel (west of coastguards)

What is the usual return date for these on the north coast?

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Old Tuesday 4th September 2007, 15:22   #1866
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had four last thursday past Sea Palling... (August!) and yes, that's mega early.
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Old Tuesday 4th September 2007, 15:52   #1867
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had four last thursday past Sea Palling... (August!) and yes, that's mega early.
Thanks, it was four I reported yesterday on my birding day thread so maybe they were the same ones..

Maybe yours were traveling west?

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8 med gulls (7 ads, 1 2ndW) at the Heacham south beach roost last night.

10 great and 6 arctic skuas past Titchwell in an hour in the morning.

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Old Wednesday 5th September 2007, 11:14   #1869
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Maybe yours were traveling west?

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yes Matt

they were heading north-west around the coast

3 lovely adult Little Gulls and 5 Arctic Skuas past Sea Palling this morning.
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My mother had 1 male stonechat and 1 juv stonechat, 1 whinchat, 2 common whitethroats in the brambles along main beach path at Holme at 9.30am today.

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Hi all. Had a couple of short seawatching spells from Happisburgh at the start of the week, saw nothing to do cart-wheels over though. Highlights from 6:15 - 7:45 on Monday 3rd were single Sooty Shearwater, 12 Arctic Skua and a long range shearwater sp. that had to remain a probable Manx as it disappeared further into the heat haze. 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Pintail, 3 Teal plus single Wigeon and Common Scoter.
6:00 - 7:00 on Tuesday 3rd was better with 6 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Bonxie, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Fulmar but more wildfowl & waders. These included 9 Pintail, 75 Teal, 43 Wigeon, 20 Scoter, 7 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 4 Pochard and 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Grey Plover, 14 Dunlin,53 Knot and 3 Sanderling. Less than 100 Gannet and small numbers of Sandwich and 'commic' Tern were also seen both days.

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I'm hopless at identifying waders. Can someone please tell me what this bird is photographed on Thursday afternoon at Hickling. The orange/yellow legs but black beak are causing me problems.

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Old Friday 7th September 2007, 10:45   #1873
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I'm hopless at identifying waders. Can someone please tell me what this bird is photographed on Thursday afternoon at Hickling. The orange/yellow legs but black beak are causing me problems.

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My guess...
Looks like a yellow-legged Greenshank to me?!? :/
But looking at some other pics on Google, some other Greenshanks show this too. So, i'll say Greenshank.

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Greenshank, the brownish upperparts and yellowish legs suggest that this is a juvenile
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Thanks for the replies, Dave and Nigel. Greenshank did seem most likely but I couldn't see any examples with yellow legs in my books.

It's the first time we've been to Hickling nature reserve and we were very impressed although there wasn't a great deal about. We did get some good views of two Litttle Egrets busy fishing in front of the Cadbury hide and several woodpeckers, including a Green and Great Spotted on the same tree. Also a rather tatty looking Marsh Harrier wheeling about later in the evening.

The other high spot was literally dozens and dozens of Common Lizards sunning themselves on the wooden edging of the boardwalks. Some of them were really tiny.

We've spent all week trying to locate some Bearded Tits but haven't had any success so far. I think it's been too windy. Never mind we'll just keep trying.

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