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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2007, 20:30   #2151
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Lovely story Penny, you must lokk very suspicious.
Sounds like the birding's been great down there.
By way of contrast being pulled up and asked to hand over your camera to a Greek army captain, at Ipsilu, Lesvos - was not so amusing.
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 18:19   #2152
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Today reminded me what birding's all about! Absolutely top draw day today with that kind of Autumn feel that makes it feel like you can smell the rare birds coming in. 1 Lifer, two Norfolk ticks, 5 year ticks and my biggest self-found blocker unblocked!

Parked the car at Wells and walked towards Holkham birding all the way. A bit quite at first, but then stumbled across a large flock of long-tailed tits and goldcrests. Heard what I was sure was a Yellow-browed Warbler, but couldn't find it at first. Eventually I got on a small phyllosc, but although it had a wing war, the bar wasn't nearly strong enough and it turned out to be a Greenish Warbler! Slightly confused (by the call), I continued searching and stumbled across not one, but two Yellow-browed Warblers. On to Holkham were I twitched a Lesser Grey Shrike and then a Great Grey Shrike and found two more Yellow-browed Warblers before twitching the Subalpine Warbler, a lifer for me! Looking quite good for being the Balearic race too. After that I decided to follow-up on an early morning sighting of 2 Great White Egrets which had flown over the fresh marsh. En-route over the dunes, I stumbled across a large pipit, which flushed giving a House Sparrow like chirp. Richard's Pipit, the first I've found at last! It flew a medium distance, but after patient hunting I was able to find it and get some detailed field notes, before it flew off high and east. Had almost given up on the egrets and was on my way back, when they both flew out of a creek in the Salmarsh and headed west. Walked back to Burnham Overy Straithe, were I topped off the day with cracking views of a Barred Warbler, making a nice change from two false alarms, which turned out to be Garden Warblers earlier. Shortly after that I bumped into fellow Norfolk patcher Matt Green (hope you got the bus back OK - amused you said you recognised be by my Avater! I presume you meant you've seen photos of me on the punkbirder website or something) and caught the bus back to pick up my car.

p.s. Tim - up for coming out east on Sat or Sun. Fancy a few beers out your way Saturday night?
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 18:44   #2153
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Well what and evening. Got hame from school just after 5:00pm, had dinner very quicky and was at Holkham by about 6:15pm to look for the Lesser Grey. By 6:40pm it didnt look good and I assumed it had gone to roost and the light was also fading fast. Gutted, I walked back towards the car, when one of the two other birders looking shouted that they had it on a fence-post. And there it was... a superb Lesser Grey Shrike on a post in the middle of a bramble bush hoorah! It showed until 6:55pm when it dropped down into the reeds, presumably to roost.

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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 19:37   #2154
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Had to work today so didn't get chance to see the Lesser grey shrike. Off work tomorrow but it's my non birding wife's birthday and duty calls. Doubt if it will stay until my next day off but I will try and sweet talk my S/O. Trying to negitiate a compromise with my good lady but so far no luck. Marriage and children, what a sacrifice. It doesn't half interfere with your birdwatching. Would I do it again?.. Probably. Anyway enough tales of woe. Those of you who are out and about tomorrow...
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 20:19   #2155
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 20:32   #2156
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I decided not to chase after found birds and look for my own this afternoon- beautiful sunny day at Winterton produced the following:

1 Firecrest (stunning, singing male)
5 brambling
1 jack snipe
1 filedfare (gave me a scare when it did a good GG Shrike impersonation on top of a bush!)
40+ swallows
1-2 wheatear

Still more birds out there to be found i reckon!!
Was your Jack Snipe in the North Dunes by the double pools with the little causeway between them? I saw one there on Sunday.
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 20:52   #2157
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Well what and evening. Got hame from school just after 5:00pm, had dinner very quicky and was at Holkham by about 6:15pm to look for the Lesser Grey. By 6:40pm it didnt look good and I assumed it had gone to roost and the light was also fading fast. Gutted, I walked back towards the car, when one of the two other birders looking shouted that they had it on a fence-post. And there it was... a superb Lesser Grey Shrike on a post in the middle of a bramble bush hoorah! It showed until 6:55pm when it dropped down into the reeds, presumably to roost.

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Connor - you are turning into a TWITCHER!!!! but, well done

I hope you are not going to race off to see a 'little brown job' in Yorkshire????!!!!!!

I am hoping everything at Holkham will stay around for Saturday - PLEEEAAASSSEEE!!!!!!!

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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 20:55   #2158
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Today reminded me what birding's all about! Absolutely top draw day today with that kind of Autumn feel that makes it feel like you can smell the rare birds coming in. 1 Lifer, two Norfolk ticks, 5 year ticks and my biggest self-found blocker unblocked!

Parked the car at Wells and walked towards Holkham birding all the way. A bit quite at first, but then stumbled across a large flock of long-tailed tits and goldcrests. Heard what I was sure was a Yellow-browed Warbler, but couldn't find it at first. Eventually I got on a small phyllosc, but although it had a wing war, the bar wasn't nearly strong enough and it turned out to be a Greenish Warbler! Slightly confused (by the call), I continued searching and stumbled across not one, but two Yellow-browed Warblers. On to Holkham were I twitched a Lesser Grey Shrike and then a Great Grey Shrike and found two more Yellow-browed Warblers before twitching the Subalpine Warbler, a lifer for me! Looking quite good for being the Balearic race too. After that I decided to follow-up on an early morning sighting of 2 Great White Egrets which had flown over the fresh marsh. En-route over the dunes, I stumbled across a large pipit, which flushed giving a House Sparrow like chirp. Richard's Pipit, the first I've found at last! It flew a medium distance, but after patient hunting I was able to find it and get some detailed field notes, before it flew off high and east. Had almost given up on the egrets and was on my way back, when they both flew out of a creek in the Salmarsh and headed west. Walked back to Burnham Overy Straithe, were I topped off the day with cracking views of a Barred Warbler, making a nice change from two false alarms, which turned out to be Garden Warblers earlier. Shortly after that I bumped into fellow Norfolk patcher Matt Green (hope you got the bus back OK - amused you said you recognised be by my Avater! I presume you meant you've seen photos of me on the punkbirder website or something) and caught the bus back to pick up my car.

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Wow Ilya!!!! that sounds like a perfect day!!!!!

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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 21:14   #2159
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Was your Jack Snipe in the North Dunes by the double pools with the little causeway between them? I saw one there on Sunday.
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Yes , that sounds like the place - i flushed it and it landed a short distance away in drier part. Bit amazed i couldn't find any yellow brows considering how many have turned up! Should be a great week to be on the east coast with Brown Fly further north, who knows what else will turn up in Norfolk.
Glad i'm not going to Scillies this year
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Old Wednesday 3rd October 2007, 23:24   #2160
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Shortly after that I bumped into fellow Norfolk patcher Matt Green (hope you got the bus back OK - amused you said you recognised be by my Avater! I presume you meant you've seen photos of me on the punkbirder website or something) and caught the bus back to pick up my car.
Certainly did, but not before going back to those bushes for your Barred Warbler, didn't find it unfortunately, would have ended the day nicely!

Maybe next time ..nice meeting you btw

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Old Thursday 4th October 2007, 06:04   #2161
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I hope you are not going to race off to see a 'little brown job' in Yorkshire????!!!!!!
Most certainly not! If there's a Brown Flycatcher there then there will be something just as good in Norfolk for the weekend!

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Old Thursday 4th October 2007, 07:17   #2162
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excellent garden find:

Yellow-browed Warbler! plus Pied Fly. Wheatear by the beach and a lone Goldie on the beach 20 Brents north

several bramblings and Siskin this morning

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Old Thursday 4th October 2007, 07:34   #2163
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Stunning views of a yellow browed warbler feeding in the bushes 6ft above my head at Titchwell this morning - it was like being back in China in May!! Good numbers of finches and thrushes passing overhead but nothing really dropping in.

Keep checking those flycatchers!!

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Old Thursday 4th October 2007, 10:59   #2164
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Lesser Whitethroat and Redstart this morning whilst on walkies...

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Old Thursday 4th October 2007, 12:42   #2165
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Rough legged at Horsey reported earlier...

and a Lesser Snow Goose reported Tues? evening near Martham. I presume this is in the area still. There was a Lesser Snow x Ross' hybrid (pix on GYBC website) in the first part of the year so i wonder if this may be the same bird...

after the last few days i'm really looking forward to the weekend; seeing migrants from the house like Pied Fly and Y-br, with Brambling and Siskin etc flying over is amazing and finding a few decent rares has exceeded my expectations of living out here - or is it just generally underworked?... The Radde's and Greenish were fantastic, Y-br a great treat but the Sabine's was the most exciting so far...

hope my luck stays in. We could be in for some top birding Ilya...keep your finding hat on...
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Rough legged at Horsey reported earlier...

and a Lesser Snow Goose reported Tues? evening near Martham. I presume this is in the area still. There was a Lesser Snow x Ross' hybrid (pix on GYBC website) in the first part of the year so i wonder if this may be the same bird...

after the last few days i'm really looking forward to the weekend; seeing migrants from the house like Pied Fly and Y-br, with Brambling and Siskin etc flying over is amazing and finding a few decent rares has exceeded my expectations of living out here - or is it just generally underworked?... The Radde's and Greenish were fantastic, Y-br a great treat but the Sabine's was the most exciting so far...

hope my luck stays in. We could be in for some top birding Ilya...keep your finding hat on...

Hi Tim, sounds like your having a great time! Has been plenty at Holme recently with Barred, 2 GG Shrikes, 5 or 6 Yellow Browed, Lap Bunt etc. etc. but out of the stuff I've seen Sabines Gull was definitely my favourite so far this autumn Like everyone greatly looking forward to weekend!

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Fab day at Holkham today (thought I'd copy you, ish, Ilya. You had an amazing day yesterday). Parked at the bottom of Lady Anne Drive, had a quick look at the Lesser Grey Shrike, and then walked to Wells. Had a Firecrest and 3 Yellow Browed Warblers there and back. Then walked up to Burnham dunes to twitch the Subalpine Warbler again. During, had a Great Grey Shrike (deffinitely a GGS this time; I checked ), fly around us and pirch on the other side of the dune. The walk back to the car was a bit of a Yellow Browed fest, with at least 4 induviduals seen, and more heard. I reckon there must be 7+ birds around there now. Not bad, considering I only saw my first Yellow Browed Warbler on tuesday!

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Got a gate pass from my dear wife after spending a great birthday with her. Went upto Holkham taking my boys with me, praying all the way. Great views of the Lesser grey well worth the trek. Working over the weekend. Off Monday so will probably check out Benacre. That is of course if nothing new is reported over the weekend by you intrepid individuals.
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Another fantastic year for Yellow Browed Warblers so far by the looks of things...

Trip report for Lesser-grey Shrike twitch on my blog.

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Does anyone know if the Lesser Grey went to roost tonight? It has not been reported since 2.30. I'm hoping it sticks around 'till Saturday.
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Lesser Whitethroat and Redstart this morning whilst on walkies...

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My mother had 3 Yellow Browed Warblers in the village (Holme) this morning!!!!!!!!!
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Dont know whether it went to roost, but it was still present at 5 30ish. Fingers crossed...

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Thanks for the info Jason, it just needs to stick around for 36 more little hours, will be there on Saturday!
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Does anyone know if the Lesser Grey went to roost tonight? It has not been reported since 2.30. I'm hoping it sticks around 'till Saturday.
Hi Mike, fingers crossed for Saturday it seems! Connor's account on his blog (see link on his posting) tells how he saw it tonight at about 6:40pm.....

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Just read Connor's account on his blog, i guess there have been less people around looking for stuff today with the little brown thing in Yorkshire. Glad to hear it was still there at dusk.

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