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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 16:35   #3376
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The bird at Thomson Water (possible Lesser Scaup) was seen early morning by a competent birder (who unfortunately only had binoculars) and described it as 'small, round headed, with limited white near the bill'
He said a scope would be necessary to confirm any i'd. As he was leaving a number of birds took off, although he thought that they would probably return!
The birds that flew were primarily Pochard and a smaller number of Tufteds and presumably the possible!
His main comment with bins was, 'It looked interesting'!
Unfortuately, obviously no further sign to the time of writing.
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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 17:42   #3377
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Was the bird seen well last night? Were any photos taken?

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 18:58   #3378
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A little help required

The wife and I are coming up to Norfolk again for a few days birding next week.

We plan to try for a few lifers whilst there, WCS is one obvious bird and there is no shortage of info on that one.

RLB will still hopefully be at Burnham Norton which we know fairly well, but any extra info will be welcome.

I've seen mention of a Black Redstart at Binham Priory (which is very close to our accommodation). Is this bird still around - has it been there for the winter?

The wife needs a Twite; we already have some options to try for that one but again any more info will be welcome.

The last one is LEO, and if anyone would like to PM me some info regarding time and place for that I'd be very grateful - even to the wild extent of buying you a pint or two.

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 19:06   #3379
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I don't know anything about y'days sightings, Connor, only what was on the pager and nobody I have spoken to can shed any more light on it!
I assume it wasn't seen well as it was only ever a possible!


PS John P if anyone from North Norfolk PMs you about LEO, PM me and I'll buy you a pint!!! (or two!)

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 21:28   #3380
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Sculthorpe Moor this afternoon produced 1 definite Willow Tit and 2 other possibles (possibles only because of brief, bad views. The first may have been the same as the first, but the second was in a different area). Also seen were 6+ Bramblings in the Whiteley hide feeding area, plus several others throughout the reserve, 20-30 Siskins, 1 Water Rail, 4+ Marsh Tits (one singing), 1 (2?) Little Egrets over, GS Woodpecker, Treecreeper, a male Bullfinch and several Yellowhammers along the driveway.

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 21:59   #3381
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I don't know if it's been mentioned on here yet but at the sparrow site i saw a barn owl out hunting.. unusual? well it was about 11:30 to 12:00am. Hungrey bird? Also a very quick visit from a male brambling at the seeded area.

Had another brilliant couple of days again got most of my target birds plus a few bonus ones. Got two Crossbills at Shouldham warren searching for Woodlarks. Female scaup of Titchwell. and manty other things everyone else had seen!

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Old Wednesday 20th February 2008, 22:16   #3382
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Gareth,
the Barn Owl has been seen regularly around Cley at various times of the day. There seems to be good numbers of Barn Owls in Norfolk at the moment (even more than usual), even though I have been told that it wasn't a particularly good breeding season. The brambling has been present on and off as long as the sparrow.

Glad you had a good visit! The crossbills in particular were good as there are not that many around at the moment.
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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 10:30   #3383
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Possible Lesser Scaup at Thompson Water again at 9.50am (per RBA).

Let's hope it is one!

Hope to head down after work...

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 11:35   #3384
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Panic over, RBA have put it out as just a Scaup now assuming it's the same bird, which surely it must be!

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 16:07   #3385
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Panic over, RBA have put it out as just a Scaup now assuming it's the same bird, which surely it must be!

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I went over there this morning, along with a dozen or so others. The bird showed quite well and although fairly small was indeed just a scaup. A nice supporting cast though with 3/4 kingfishers flying around and a bittern in the reedbed.
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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 19:05   #3386
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Hi I wonder if anyone could help? Is there anywhere in the fakenham area where i can see tree sparrows. I've recently got back into birding after taking some years off having babies and i want to concentrate on birds that i haven't seen for a long time and enjoying them.
Any help would be much appreciated

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 19:24   #3387
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Hi I wonder if anyone could help? Is there anywhere in the fakenham area where i can see tree sparrows. I've recently got back into birding after taking some years off having babies and i want to concentrate on birds that i haven't seen for a long time and enjoying them.
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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 19:27   #3388
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Theres a spot in West Barsham where I have seen them (thanks to help from Mark). They can be seen in the hedgerows around the farmhouse down the track. The location of the farmhouse is marked in this link.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...=newsearch.srf

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 19:31   #3389
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Theres a spot in West Barsham where I have seen them (thanks to help from Mark). They can be seen in the hedgerows around the farmhouse down the track. The location of the farmhouse is marked in this link.

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.sr...=newsearch.srf

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Edit: lol, your eager Mark!
Yes sorry........should have left it to you Norfolk lads to sort it out yourselves
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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 19:36   #3390
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Yes sorry........should have left it to you Norfolk lads to sort it out yourselves

Bittern seen again today, whilst fencing. Flew off from the middle of the muddy meadow as I was running through a gate to get to the tractor. I stopped and watched as it flew to a nearby reedbed. I really must stop flushing the poor bugger!

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 19:39   #3391
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Many Thanks for your prompt replies Mark and Jason, will try it out early next week, I'll let you know how it goes.

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 21:15   #3392
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hi
another pair of visitors to your neck of the woods this weekend..me and our lass..
any tips on the golden pheasant sites?
will report the events of the weekend on here..(with pics if ok?)
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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 21:28   #3393
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another pair of visitors to your neck of the woods this weekend..me and our lass..
any tips on the golden pheasant sites?
will report the events of the weekend on here..(with pics if ok?)
Hi there, birds still at Wolfterton triangle fairly recently, so try there. Up to three males have been seen.

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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 21:55   #3394
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Hi there, birds still at Wolfterton triangle fairly recently, so try there. Up to three males have been seen.

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time is tight on the trip so hopefully can fit some of the great birds and sites in..
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Old Thursday 21st February 2008, 22:03   #3395
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Hi Steve, with regard to the Golden Pheasants,
Info if time is tight:
I usually park up on the southern road about 1/3 of the way down from the crossroads and wait. A male usually appears about 100 yards east of where I pull over, but not always! At least you can view most of the road in front and use wing mirrors to check behind!
Obviously you might be lucky and see one just cruising slowly around the site (I'd be interested to know where others watch from!)
Any time of day can produce sightings, but I like to arrive before dawn as the Woodcock here are wonderful in the dark!
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Old Friday 22nd February 2008, 09:38   #3396
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Hi all. Is the bittern still around at Beeston Common and is it far to walk from Sheringham?
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Old Friday 22nd February 2008, 09:42   #3397
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The Bittern hasn't been reported from Beeston for quite a while now, it presumably moved off when the whole area froze over.
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Old Friday 22nd February 2008, 10:16   #3398
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Ah that's a shame. Thanks for the info. on another subject, does anoyone have any good tips on how to spot a lesser spotted woodpecker? I believe UEA is supposed to be a possible site for them but the only peckers I ever see are Great spotted and greens..

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Old Friday 22nd February 2008, 10:24   #3399
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Golden Pheasants Wolferton

Hi Ruralchill, Re the pheasants sounds like I use the same stopping point as you do, ie. taking the turning nearest to Lynn not Hunstanton, and pulling over on the muddy patch/pull-in on the right , with another barred trackway entrance only a few yards further down on the left. The other option is to go down to the xroads parking area, and scan back up both roadways from the corner. I had 2 sightings, a few days either side of the new year, but in spite of spending a fair bit of time waiting and hoping for more views since then, I have only seen common pheasants.. Re being lucky cruising slowly round the Triangle this is a sure way to flush any G Pheasants back into cover, wher they are likely to stay !!! The stay put and wait is generally a better option. Ray roche
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Old Friday 22nd February 2008, 10:38   #3400
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Thanks for the info. on another subject, does anoyone have any good tips on how to spot a lesser spotted woodpecker?
I will be interested in any tips you get Jo. I have been trying to spot one for months. There was one reported at Strumpshaw near the Reception when I was there on Saturday but I didn't have any luck finding it. Two more were reported near the Tower Hide when I was there a couple of weeks ago. I keep listening and scanning the tree tops but no luck so far.

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