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Old Tuesday 10th July 2007, 09:10   #1551
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Hey Jo.

I would have thought the orioles should still be around... it's quite a popular (or should that be "poplar"? - sorry) site and there's usually a fair old crowd watching the orioles. Giving and following directions to the birds can be a wee bit tricky at times ("it's on the left hand fork of the twig that goes up at 45 degrees about three feet to the left of the main trunck" etc), so some patience may be required. I reckon you might be able to get OK, though probably not outstanding, digiscoped shots. Ditto for stone curlew at weeting (although they are generally easier to point out!).

Minsmere might be a bit dead at this time of year, but you should get dartford on dunwich, which you can just walk up to whilst visiting minsmere. Once on the heath, scan the tops of the heather and listen for their low pitched churring call and you should be fine.
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Old Tuesday 10th July 2007, 09:24   #1552
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Hi Jo. I was at Minsmere on Sunday and it was a bit quiet. I, too, was on the look out for Dartford Warblers but didn't see any (although that doesn't mean much in my case.) We did see some very obliging Stonechats which were posing well and the Little Terns are great value. I also saw my first Turtle Dove. It sounds as if a walk on Dunwich Heath is your best bet for Dartfords.

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Old Tuesday 10th July 2007, 11:39   #1553
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Hi Kstar

With the Monties, I have heard that they have failed to breed this year sadly, I think due to the bad weather we've had. The adults are still about, but they seem to be roming more. Still in the same general area though, I suspect, so you may be ok.


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Hi All,

I was going to ask the same question as Teamsaint re camping but my question has been anwered now thanks! :) Hoping to come this weekend (weather permitting, as has been the case this summer).

We will be staying at the Burnham Deepdale Campsite. I have two more questions;

1. Could someone please PM me details of the Monty's site? We would like to have a look at them, if they are not too far. Also what are the best times of day to go?

2. Is this a good time of year to walk out to Blakeney Point?

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Old Tuesday 10th July 2007, 12:10   #1554
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Hey Jo.

I would have thought the orioles should still be around... it's quite a popular (or should that be "poplar"? - sorry) site and there's usually a fair old crowd watching the orioles. Giving and following directions to the birds can be a wee bit tricky at times ("it's on the left hand fork of the twig that goes up at 45 degrees about three feet to the left of the main trunck" etc), so some patience may be required. I reckon you might be able to get OK, though probably not outstanding, digiscoped shots. Ditto for stone curlew at weeting (although they are generally easier to point out!).

Minsmere might be a bit dead at this time of year, but you should get dartford on dunwich, which you can just walk up to whilst visiting minsmere. Once on the heath, scan the tops of the heather and listen for their low pitched churring call and you should be fine.
Thanks for the advice, will see if we can get out to Weeting/Lakenheath.

ETA: would it be best to do the sites in any particular order and if so, which? Also, are there any other sites close by that we should consider calling into? Thetford forest perhaps for crossbills woodlarks, Goshawks?

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Lifer whilst walking the dogs today (doesn't happen very often anymore). A pair of Garden Warbers hawking for insects from hawthornes over the river. Also 1 Kingfisher, Blackcaps, Whitethroats, ect.

Insects included a bit of a swarm of Banded Damoiselles; about 30 males all together. A couple of Small Skippers, lots of Ringlets and Meadow Browns, a Gatekeeper, etc.

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Thanks for the advice, will see if we can get out to Weeting/Lakenheath.

ETA: would it be best to do the sites in any particular order and if so, which? Also, are there any other sites close by that we should consider calling into? Thetford forest perhaps for crossbills woodlarks, Goshawks?
Hi. Went to mayday farm ( thetford forest) on sunday it was dead but maybe you could get lucky and see goshawk. also went to lynford arbo but also dead no cross bills or haw finches. When ever i have seen the latter it has been in the autum/winter months.
Best of luck. Barry.
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Thanks for the info. I think we might start off at Lakenheath then move to Weeting and see how we get on from there.
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Old Wednesday 11th July 2007, 20:32   #1558
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Glad I made the effort to get upto Cley today..

Red Necked Phalorope seen on simmonds scrape (from Dawkes hide) from mid morning with the Godwits, also 96% sure I saw a Fulmar heading west over the shingle bank....is that likely?

Green Sandpiper was a treat too

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On my way to Titchwell I had glorious views of a male Montagu's Harrier. Titchwell was warm and sunny and had lots of Ruff, Redshanks and Dunlin. A lovely evening.
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Old Wednesday 11th July 2007, 22:06   #1560
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On my way to Titchwell I had glorious views of a male Montagu's Harrier. Titchwell was warm and sunny and had lots of Ruff, Redshanks and Dunlin. A lovely evening.
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Sue - Don't forgot to look out for the Yellow nosed Albatross on your travels, seen in Lincolnshire recently!!!!!!!!!!

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Old Thursday 12th July 2007, 11:06   #1561
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I'm off to Norfolk tomorrow. Hope to try for the Monty's and visit Titchwell on the first day then head down to Lakenheath on Saturday. The last few posts have really whetted my appetite. Bring it on!!!
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Might see you at Lakenheath then. If you see a short lady with long dark hair and glassess with a tall reluctant looking guy with a ginger goatee beard that's us. Actually, this is me:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8773601...7600503017925/
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Cor.......wouldn't that be nice Penny? Luckily for me I saw a Yellow-nosed Albatross as I was heading for the Falkland Islands in 1998. All Abatrosses are wonderful. But to see one in Norfolk would be fantastic!
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A Dark-eyed Junco in Norfolk! A bit unexpected for the time of year. Thanks to the residents of Langham for putting up with us all and letting us into their gardens. I am afraid I only got a poor shot of the bird facing away from me as it only sat briefly, I felt obliged to leave to let others into the garden who had not seen it. Hope you all did.
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Old Saturday 14th July 2007, 19:38   #1565
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Managed to see the Dark-eyed Junco at c. 6:30 and again at c. 7:00 pm. Was in Wiltshire when news broke so relieved to see it to say the least. A pleasant affair as well that seemed to run very smoothly, not what I expected in terms of parking/pushing/angry neighbours etc...

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Saw the bird at 6.30pm too at No 10 (NEW TICK!!!!!) - brilliant views in sunshine, thank you to the owners of the house - hope they made lots of money for RSPB

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Old Saturday 14th July 2007, 22:08   #1567
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Roseate Tern on the beach yesterday (Sea Palling)

Little Gull reported this morning

been a few Manx and Arctics passing last few days, along with Gannets, good numbers of Sandwich Terns etc and the odd Kittiewakes and Fulmars

Whimbrel passed by this evening - sat on the beach with a bottle of wine, the missus and dog as the sky slowly turned blood red

might be arsed with the junco at some point tomorrow perhaps, long time since the Hants bird / Naumann's Thrush day!
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Old Sunday 15th July 2007, 08:53   #1568
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Roseate reported again this morning briefly (6.05-6.15)

several Arctic Skua passing, and an ad YLG

better day to look for Rosy today - beach will be very quiet with the sun in
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Anyone know what the Nightjar situation is around Kelling and Salthouse heaths at the moment?

Probably going to Cley for a few hours monday, looking at the maps etc Kelling and Salthouse look like a 'doable' walk on my way back to sheringham station, would be plenty of time as the last train leaves just after 23.00!

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Possible Dark Eyed Junco at Waxham, just west of dunes. Flew into Willows. Another one!

Any news Tim?

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Edit: not Sea aPalling. Sorry.

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Very quiet at Strumpshaw yesterday apart from probably the best views I have ever had of Marsh Harriers with two female and one male flying about and finally perching on a tree about 100 metres away. It gave me a chance to try out my digiscoping technique with my new Nikon ED50 scope (three photos attached.)

I also nearly fell over a Grass Snake which was basking at the side of the path. We noticed each other at the same time when I was about a metre away and it dived into the reeds and disappeared at an amazing speed.

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Ron - were there many Butterflies about, esp Swallowtails? and what about Dragonflies?
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no sign of the DEJ at Waxham

no sign of any birders either when i arrived

some nice flowers in the dunes and plenty of butterflies and dragonflies

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I wanted to get down there and help find it, especially as I missed yesterdays bird, but I gotta work this afternoon.
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Old Sunday 15th July 2007, 21:00   #1575
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Ron - were there many Butterflies about, esp Swallowtails? and what about Dragonflies?
Did a dragonfly workshop at Strumpshaw today. Not the best of weather, but we managed Red-eyed, emerald, blue-tailed and azure damsels, 4-spot, Southern, Common/Ruddy (fleeting sighting) and three Norfolk hawkers.

No swallowtails - but we were in the wrong end of the reserve, but good numbers of freshly emerged peacocks, along with red admiral, brimstone, meadow brown, speckled wood and all 3 whites.
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