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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 16:50   #2226
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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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Probably a case of picking a good viz mig site and hoping . Locally I always find Gore Point at Holme is a good location to have them flying over, or further east from the coastal path near the NOA end. Otherwise West Runton/Paston are known sites, although I've never visited these, and its worth checking through any ploughed fields on the coast. Choseley has had a few records as well, although Lap Bunts in general are usually easier to see on the ground in the winter months.

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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 17:00   #2227
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might be an idea not to publicise Lap Bunts as they get booted all over the place. The ones I know of are not released generally although odd records make the new services now and again...

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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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learn the call and go to the coast. Blakeney or similar and keep listening. It's a quick short trill kind of noise often followed by a 'seeeuu'. Very distinctive once you know it

went into Caister Cemetary this afternoon with a birding colleague for an hour and we found another Yellow-browed

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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 18:45   #2228
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I believe this thread has mentioned 'lap bunts' at both Paston and Happisburgh recently.
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 18:59   #2229
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Had a good day out on the coast today. Got great views of the Rosefich then popped down to Holkham for the Humes. Had one YB warbler on the way and two more plus two chiffchaffs, goldcrest and treecreeper on the way back. Had breif views of the Humes. Who ever identified that tiny brown flitty creature as a Humes is a better man/woman than me. Maybe it was calling or something when first found. Anyway more research and learning required.
Not out tomorrow so those of you who are...
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Hi,
I assume your refering to the Rosefinch!

The pushchair should cope with the track. You can even drive all the way to the end. I found it easy enough, its off the A149 opposite the turning for Warham. Hope you find it okay.
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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 19:22   #2231
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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
Thatís a good point....

Itís all too easy, as we stroll around in t-shirts looking for easterly drifted Yellow-brows in glorious Indian summer conditions, to forget that temperature plays a huge role in how and when birds migrate; both spring and autumn. A sudden cold spell in January would have us getting all excited about hard weather movement (geese, ducks, waders, white-winged Gulls, Bustards even (aahh, 1987....), but at this time of year we can all too easily become preoccupied with wind direction only.

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Old Wednesday 10th October 2007, 20:34   #2232
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Had a good day out on the coast today. Got great views of the Rosefich then popped down to Holkham for the Humes. Had one YB warbler on the way and two more plus two chiffchaffs, goldcrest and treecreeper on the way back. Had breif views of the Humes. Who ever identified that tiny brown flitty creature as a Humes is a better man/woman than me. Maybe it was calling or something when first found. Anyway more research and learning required.
Not out tomorrow so those of you who are...
Happy birding
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I was sceptical about Hume's last week but then i met the birder who found this (or maybe another bird?) closer to the Wells end. He found it by playing a call of Humes to see what would happen and one appeared out of nowehere !!
Great find and glad that one has been relocated
I'm going to try and see the bird tomorrow and have a good look for other eastern birds....
Norfolk seems to be better than St Mary's at the moment
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Thanks for the help Tim and Connor. No need for exact locations; that would be twitching : ). I'll get out looking tomorrow.

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Old Thursday 11th October 2007, 07:17   #2234
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I believe this thread has mentioned 'lap bunts' at both Paston and Happisburgh recently.
cheers for that. sorry to whinge and stuff but...

now they can get booted all over the place by people who can't be arsed to look for any. The regular birders don't want them publicising due to past events. These are long standing active Norfolk birders with excellent reputations and nice folks to boot. Please respect it and give the birds some peace this year.

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Old Thursday 11th October 2007, 15:22   #2235
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On the subject of Lap bunts, had one on the deck in amongst alba wagtails and meadow pipits today! So a few around the coast of Norfolk if you look at this time of year.

Also today had the Hume's calling early morning in amongst 2-3 Y brows at Holkham - all the birds then left the 'isolated clump' they were in and headed into the main wood, so not sure if they have been doing this regularly or if they have now gone!

Heard one more Ybrow at far western end of Holkham and a few bramblings over with lots of redwings and fieldfares - but generally seems like there are less migrants around

Dipped the rosefinch again - apparently it was seen early morning

Lets hope we get more birds turn up this weekend - its a long winter ahead!

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Salthouse produced a fair few Alba wagtails and 2 Wheatears this afternoon, with a couple of Razorbills on the sea. Wandered along the coast to Kelling to see the Phalarope. Made a bit of a sketch cos I couldn't remember how to id it from other phalaropes, and got it back in the car.

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Kelling Barred Warbler - Directions Please.

Hi All,
Decided to get some Norfolk birding in this weekend and wondered if anyone knows where the Barred Warbler is at Kelling watermeadows please.
I'm not certain where the 'watermeadows' are let alone the bird.
Any help gratefully received......cheers in advance....Richard
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We were watching this bird last week here where the arrow points.
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...=newsearch.srf

If it is still in the same area you walk down that track. Eventually you come to some double gates on your right. At this point walk into the field on your left and walk on a further 50 - 100 yards and look at the bushes on the other side of the track you have just walked down.

Don't forget that there is a R N Phalarope nearby.

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Decided to get some Norfolk birding in this weekend and wondered if anyone knows where the Barred Warbler is at Kelling watermeadows please.
I'm not certain where the 'watermeadows' are let alone the bird.
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Coming into Kelling from the east (Cley direction) you pass the school on the left and a turning to the right, just after this there is limited parking by the track on the left heading north or park in along the opposite road. Walk north along the track until you get to a metal gate. The Barred Warbler was in hedges just north of hear. Also Yellow-browed Warbler in the area and Red-necked Phalarope on the pool. (the Barred was not seen for a couple of days and only one report today, so good luck!)


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Decided to get some Norfolk birding in this weekend and wondered if anyone knows where the Barred Warbler is at Kelling watermeadows please.
I don't think they've been seen for a few days now... probably worth a visit for the rn phal though.
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Hi again,
Thanks for your replies.
Any good spots for Caspian Gulls?It would be a tick for me now it's split.
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A lovely walk this afternoon at Holkham where I saw 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Firecrest, a Black Redstart (sitting on one of the fencelines just before Meals house) 7 Crossbills (chipping away by the crosstracks) and a party of c30 Siskins.
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Had a quick jaunt over to Burnham Overy staithe and Holkham dunes again today, the Great Grey Shrike was putting on a good display for everyone it seemed, a couple of holidaying birders were well chuffed with such an easy bird to see.

The Starling roost I was going on about earlier at Cley was also seen while passsing through on the bus, about 500/800+? I reckoned flocking over the reeds from about 18.15.

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Any good spots for Caspian Gulls?It would be a tick for me now it's split.
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Red-backed in Sea Palling still

hoping the drizzle will bring something down tonight...
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Red-backed in Sea Palling still
This was the start of a great days birding around Eccles and Sea Palling area, also managed good views of Short Eared Owl hunting over Hempstead marshes from 14.00 along with a couple of Marsh Harrier. The Black Redstart on a cottage roof at Sea Palling gave excellent views, shortly after heard a male Tawney Owl calling from a small wooded area!

Moved onto Horsey Mere where we saw Barn Owl, a flyover Bittern, Marsh Harriers and 2 noctule bats ..then came the Pinks with Cranes calling in the background just after dusk.

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Intriging picture of the Red-backed Shrike. It seems to be a male? - chestnut back, grey(ish) head, but very dull and not well demarcated. Is there any explanation for this/ - 1st year male? eastern race? Or am I just imagining the whole thing?!
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They were the Common Cranes Terry, didn't actually see any but heard them calling from the back of Horsey Mere.

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This was the start of a great days birding around Eccles and Sea Palling area, also managed good views of Short Eared Owl hunting over Hempstead marshes from 14.00 along with a couple of Marsh Harrier. The Black Redstart on a cottage roof at Sea Palling gave excellent views, shortly after heard a male Tawney Owl calling from a small wooded area!

Moved onto Horsey Mere where we saw Barn Owl, a flyover Bittern, Marsh Harriers and 2 noctule bats ..then came the Pinks with Cranes calling in the background just after dusk.

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Great day out for you Matt. A change of scenary for you too.

A short eared Owl, great find for anyone to find.

Lovely pictures of the Shrikes, and great find for you too.

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