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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 19:13   #25876
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Sunny walk around Walberswick and Dingle today (relevant pending boundary change, 5 Spotted Redshank on sea pools and too probables further along - really you should see the state of my binoculars at the moment. Other highlights, Woodcock flushed from woods, Marsh Tits, one on feeders near the Black Mirror house, a few Siskins, a big flock of Lapwing over and some Marsh Harriers, finally 2 GWE dropping in and flying over marsh, now they weren't here last time!
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Old Sunday 10th March 2019, 17:06   #25877
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That's right Sue and planning the conglomerate, corporate takeover of Cley Visitors Centre to be replaced with a proper old school Windmill!
Not Norfolk but stumbled across Mickle Mere yesterday. I might be based in this area so could become one of the patches. Great little watery area just off the road, loads of Emerald and Malachite shape shifting from the Lapwings - well plenty of head and ear-scratching at least ;-) and great potential for passage waders dropping in for a few minutes and single-sighter flyovers - Oh goodie LOL
I discovered Mickle Mere by accident after driving past and seeing the vast number of birds - then discovered the hide - and then saw my first Glossy Ibis.

Another virtually undiscvered hidden gem is Boughton Fen near Stoke Ferry.
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Old Sunday 10th March 2019, 18:04   #25878
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Books for sale (Norfolk)

I'm selling some books, all for less than half RRP.

Proceeds will go to the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Taskforce.

Full details at https://andystoddart.weebly.com/book-sale.html
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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 11:46   #25879
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Evolution at work?

I haven't posted anything on here for years, revisited a week or two ago and was surprised at the missing familiar names - is it all down to twitter, instagram, etc? I thought I'd share these pics and wonder if anyone else has seen this kind of thing before. Taken yesterday at Hickling NWT reserve I didn't spot the oddity until editing at home. Was it a case of theft, a lucky find, or an evolutionary taste of things to come?
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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 13:37   #25880
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And a (probably stupid) identification query

I assumed this is a juvenile snow bunting but looking at Collins Guide it doesn't seem right. Probably my dodgy pic but the bill colour looks wrong and more streaked markings perhaps. Can anyone help, please?
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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 17:51   #25881
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Unfortunately (presuming you wanted to see a Snow Bunting), this is a Linnet (probably a female). Snow Buntings can be seen normally at Salthouse/Cley, Winterton or Holkham, although the flocks may be beginning to depart now. 14 were at Winterton and 24 were at Cley on Saturday so if you get down there quick you could see them this season. Very good picture though.

Edit - It seems you saw some Snow Bunting anyway at Winterton.

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Old Tuesday 12th March 2019, 19:31   #25882
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Thanks Louis, that's great. The pic was taken on Horsey/Winterton beach and about 10 minutes later I ran into a nice 20ish strong flock of snow buntings. There are some average pics of them on the second flickr link below. Cheers
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 16:01   #25883
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Apparently, its now got to the point in this county where Great White Egrets are just in the background of photos - https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/C...-03-13GBB2.jpg (taken by Baz Scampion).
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2019, 16:55   #25884
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Interesting report from Cromer today, the recently regular Peregrine has found a friend and they were "Resting on and flying round church tower". A future location for breeding maybe.
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A bit more of a challenge?

Me again, with another identification query. This is the only image I managed to get, pretty much a back view but a bit of head and bill to help(?). I've looked through Collins and can only come up with one possible but as it seems so unlikely I'm reluctant to put it out there. Can anyone help, please? Also, the peregrine possibility would be a great if it came off - a terrific location scenically and a good publicity opportunity in the holiday season. A seaside complement to the Norwich Cathedral site.
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Unfortunately, Pipits are not my speciality but I would be inclined to suggest Meadow Pipit. I would recommend posting it in the Bird ID forum (https://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=114) if you want a certain ID. In regards to the Peregrines, yes it would be great, a few days ago they were heard and seen "mating noisily". Even if they don't nest this year, if a platform was put on the church for next year that would help a lot.

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