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Old Monday 8th October 2007, 12:49   #2201
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I saw a pink black headed gull at Titchwell yesterday. What's going on there?
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Old Monday 8th October 2007, 15:31   #2202
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...Sunday morning was beautiful. 3 Turnstones were on the beach and a Purple Sandpiper
Interesting record of purple sand. I believe they're becoming rare in Norfolk these days, although there was one on Blakeney Point recently. Probably worth submitting to the county bird report
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Old Monday 8th October 2007, 16:53   #2203
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Incredible amount of birds reported at Holkham today, all of the following:
Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Lesser Grey Shrike, Great Grey Shriek, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Firecrests and a Red-breasted Flycatcher, with 4 Yellow-browed Warblers rptd at Wells Wood. Also unstreaked acro warbler sp. rptd.... interesting...

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Old Monday 8th October 2007, 21:07   #2204
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Old Tuesday 9th October 2007, 06:08   #2205
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Why not ! Brain had already gone to mush by this stage after an incredible amount of homework !

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Old Tuesday 9th October 2007, 07:25   #2206
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don't get too excited - half the reports from the north coast are dodgy.

Found another Red-backed Shrike in Sea Palling village last night - still there today

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Old Tuesday 9th October 2007, 07:29   #2207
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don't get too excited - half the reports from the north coast are dodgy.
I've heard similar... apparently there have been some very dodgy reports coming out recently....
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Old Tuesday 9th October 2007, 08:34   #2208
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Interesting record of purple sand. I believe they're becoming rare in Norfolk these days, although there was one on Blakeney Point recently. Probably worth submitting to the county bird report
Hi Ilya

I had 2 purple sandpipers at Titchwell on 28th Sep. see my Post 2090 (page 84) which I got pictures of too Tim and showed pics to Titchwell staff (Richard), they were there the next day too, don't how long they stayed after that though. I presume Titchwell would have informed county bird recorder if they thought this was relevant.

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Hi all, im thinking of coming over to Norfolk at the weekend, and i'll probably go and look for this Humes Warbler at Holkham. However ive only ever gone straight through to the Gap from Lady Anns Drive before, so can anyone let me know where this 'isolated clump of sallows just east of the cross tracks' are, or at least the cross tracks?
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Old Tuesday 9th October 2007, 14:04   #2210
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Anyone been hovering around Cley marsh in the last few evenings

Just wondering if the Starlings are still displaying/flocking before going to roost in the reedbed?

I passed by on the 3rd and saw a group of about 500+ from the coast road!

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Old Tuesday 9th October 2007, 14:27   #2211
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Had an excellent little afternoon run out for the not-so- Scarlet Rosser at Warham Greens yesterday. Showed brilliantly, gorging itself on berries and nettles, just 50 yards walk from the car park on the central track. Pager said the LGShrike was back at Holkham so went there, expecting it to be duff, was pleasantly surprised to see it from the dunes, west of the pines, though distant. Great Grey was much closer and more entertaining, chasing Stonechats and thrushes, 'cos it's 'ard!

Pager then told us we had walked by a Hume's- now that had to be b*llox right? Went to the spot. No birders. Walked around, returned to find my pal Roger (who took me) surrounded by birders and the Hume's calling away like Billy Ocean (not that they sound like him). Eventually it popped out of the sallows into a hawthorn and showed very well- very nice in the scope! Heard and saw YBrowed as well.

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Had an excellent little afternoon run out for the not-so- Scarlet Rosser at Warham Greens yesterday. Showed brilliantly, gorging itself on berries and nettles, just 50 yards walk from the car park on the central track. Pager said the LGShrike was back at Holkham so went there, expecting it to be duff, was pleasantly surprised to see it from the dunes, west of the pines, though distant. Great Grey was much closer and more entertaining, chasing Stonechats and thrushes, 'cos it's 'ard!

Pager then told us we had walked by a Hume's- now that had to be b*llox right? Went to the spot. No birders. Walked around, returned to find my pal Roger (who took me) surrounded by birders and the Hume's calling away like Billy Ocean (not that they sound like him). Eventually it popped out of the sallows into a hawthorn and showed very well- very nice in the scope! Heard and saw YBrowed as well.

Not a bad little arvo out!

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sounds a buit like a Little Britain twitcher sketch coming on...

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luv ya bad self

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Approx where the arrow is. Just turn left at the end of lady annes drive, where you'd usually go straight on for the gap. Keep walking and you'll come to the sallow and the crossroads.

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Hi all, im thinking of coming over to Norfolk at the weekend, and i'll probably go and look for this Humes Warbler at Holkham. However ive only ever gone straight through to the Gap from Lady Anns Drive before, so can anyone let me know where this 'isolated clump of sallows just east of the cross tracks' are, or at least the cross tracks?
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don't get too excited - half the reports from the north coast are dodgy.

Found another Red-backed Shrike in Sea Palling village last night - still there today

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are you sure Tim?


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Nice pics Brain, especially like the Goldcrest. I am back to Titchwell Marsh
maybe Thursday now, weather seems better for that day and wont to
see me Breaded Tits.
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Good lcuk Trery!

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Hume's and Greenish still rptd at Hokham today but no news on Lesser Grey Shrike..

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Check my badself- indeed, what I should have gone and done was check those pipits in the gap for Buffy the pot bellied Pipit!

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Had an excellent little afternoon run out for the not-so- Scarlet Rosser at Warham Greens yesterday. Showed brilliantly, gorging itself on berries and nettles, just 50 yards walk from the car park on the central track.
Can someone let me know exactly where to park for this and also what the path is like (will the pushchair cope with it)?
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I had 2 purple sandpipers at Titchwell on 28th Sep. see my Post 2090 (page 84) which I got pictures of too Tim and showed pics to Titchwell staff (Richard), they were there the next day too, don't how long they stayed after that though. I presume Titchwell would have informed county bird recorder if they thought this was relevant.

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Hiya Penny

Titchwell seems to still be one of the best places for them, at least according to the 2005 Bird Report. I had one there back in Februray. Also according to the report:

The long-term trend in the county continues to be downward, with few sites regularly holding birds and a county wintering population at best of just 10-12.

I'd definately encourage people to submit records of purple sand. It's certainly much rarer than Autumn yellow-browed warbler (at least this year - I suspect there were upwards of 300 in the county!).

Edit: p. s. looking good for Asian / eastern rarities this weekend, especially on Saturday. Although the winds aren't looking that favourable locally, which should rule out another fall of scarcer migrants (yb warbler, rb fly etc), temperatures are set to drop dramatically over most of northern Asia by then and winds and conditions are looking favourable to trigger the onset of a mass migration of Siberian migrants
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Edit: p. s. looking good for Asian / eastern rarities this weekend, especially on Saturday. Although the winds aren't looking that favourable locally, which should rule out another fall of scarcer migrants (yb warbler, rb fly etc), temperatures are set to drop dramatically over most of northern Asia by then and winds and conditions are looking favourable to trigger the onset of a mass migration of Siberian migrants

let's hope so Ilya. Pop over if you fancy a day out. Both shrikes still present y'day. Ought to be an RBF or richardi or better, waiting for us...

on the coast, had a strange thrush last night - had a complete pure white collar but no other white areas. Had panicky thoughts of a White-collared Thrush but remembered they're much larger with wider white collars. Never saw the unders. A very odd bird. Probably a Song Thrush with localised albinism.

Laps flying around were nice to see and Goldie numbers building...

Can't do Palling/Eccles tonight but gonna try Caister Road cemetary.

EDIT: The Rough-legged reported at Horsey recently was a Common Buzzard

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Humes Leaf Wabler still present in the sallow at holkham, although its a bitch to see well. I got 2 brief but decent looks that were at least better than yesterdays effort in the rain. Still plenty of YBs around, and also saw a Ring Ousel on the path that goes north from the crossroads.

I'd like to see some lapland buntings at some point. Any tips on connecting with them without twitching, or are they too scarce to manage without just fluking them?

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let's hope so Ilya. Pop over if you fancy a day out. Both shrikes still present y'day. Ought to be an RBF or richardi or better, waiting for us...

on the coast, had a strange thrush last night - had a complete pure white collar but no other white areas. Had panicky thoughts of a White-collared Thrush but remembered they're much larger with wider white collars. Never saw the unders. A very odd bird. Probably a Song Thrush with localised albinism.

Laps flying around were nice to see and Goldie numbers building...

Can't do Palling/Eccles tonight but gonna try Caister Road cemetary.

EDIT: The Rough-legged reported at Horsey recently was a Common Buzzard
Cheers Tim. Will do, probably on the Sunday again. Interesting thrush! I presume you're talking about White-collared thrush as in Turdus albocinctus? Don't they look much more like blackbirds than song thushes?

http://images.google.co.uk/images?sv...=Search+Images

Dusky thrush has a partial white collar (as does rouzel) as I'm sure you know...
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