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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 15:55   #25826
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Cuckoo

Anyone heard a Cuckoo at all this year ?
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Old Monday 21st May 2018, 22:16   #25827
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Lots! Some good views too. RSPB Lakenheath is a reliable shout.

On my forest patch this evening at least 3 roding Woodcock, a couple of Hobbys hawking long after the sun went down, Tree Pipit singing from the Yellow Hammer’s tree and enough mossie bite to empty a blood bank.
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Old Tuesday 29th May 2018, 09:59   #25828
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Anyone heard a Cuckoo at all this year ?
None at all, in mid-Norfolk, Harry
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Old Tuesday 29th May 2018, 20:16   #25829
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Don’t know if anyone is watching the satellite weather but a pretty intense band of rain/storms is heading right for the East coast of Norfolk moving at the moment NNW. If it doesnt break up before landfall or get pushed out over the North Sea, we could get some flash floods over the broads and round the coast to minsmere.
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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 17:25   #25830
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I heard two at Kelling Heath.
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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 19:43   #25831
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Cuckoo

Just got back from hol's in France , heard loads there.

Wife said she heard one today , Watton area .

Thanks for your replies.

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Old Monday 23rd July 2018, 13:26   #25832
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Just wanted to say thanks and what a great thread. I visit Norfolk for family holidays but have always chanced it when it comes to watching the birds. There are some excellent resources and details mentioned
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Old Saturday 18th August 2018, 05:41   #25833
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Hello guys, please, is the Weeting Heath still the best place to see Stone Curlews in Norfolk? Thanks in advance.

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Old Sunday 19th August 2018, 14:22   #25834
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Hi Richard.

Weeting Heath is good for Stone Curlews in spring and early summer, but around now they are probably beginning to move away and gathering elsewhere prior to migration. I would advise calling the visitors centre to check before visiting in case they have gone - details here: https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.../weeting-heath

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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 13:16   #25835
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Hi Richard.

Weeting Heath is good for Stone Curlews in spring and early summer, but around now they are probably beginning to move away and gathering elsewhere prior to migration. I would advise calling the visitors centre to check before visiting in case they have gone - details here: https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.../weeting-heath

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Thanks you, James, we have tried Covenham Heath, but without aby success...
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 13:23   #25836
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Thanks you, James, we have tried Covenham Heath, but without aby success...
The warden and the elderly sidekick volunteer who is annual at the site have advised me in the past that August is a good time to get good views of Stone Curlew at Weeting as an initial post-breeding gathering occurs there, but of course I accept no liability for this year's performance...

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Old Thursday 6th September 2018, 18:43   #25837
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I'm informed that sea watching and skua sightings off Cley have recently included both Pomarine and juvenile Long tailed, whilst a Great Shearwater has been reported.

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Old Monday 10th September 2018, 18:23   #25838
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Yep. Also, a Great Skua was on the beach at Salthouse for a few days. Also, there was almost daily sightings of Black Terns included one by me (a lifer for me). Strange sighting when I was there was two Dunlin which were extremely tame or exhausted. They sat in a dyke whilst I was walking past just a few meters away. I was on the path East of the East Bank if anyone knows where I mean.
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Old Sunday 16th September 2018, 16:50   #25839
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A question from a visiting North Easterner: on Friday afternoon (14th September) we were driving east along the A148 near Harpley when I spotted a red kite sailing along, heading west above the road.

How usual is it to find red kites in north Norfolk? It's not something I associate with this part of the world.

Oh, if the black terns are still around at Salthouse they hid from us today.
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Old Sunday 16th September 2018, 16:55   #25840
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Red Kites are now established in North Norfolk as a breeding bird. There are several pairs ranging around the area you travelled through and frequently encountered around the Fakenham and surrounding district. A winter roost last year held a good number of birds.
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Old Monday 17th September 2018, 17:40   #25841
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Thank you!

Saw another one today east of Brancaster over the A149.
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Old Thursday 20th September 2018, 20:27   #25842
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Looks like this coming Sunday could bring the ideal conditions for seawatching on the North Norfolk coast if the winds are North Westerly as per today's latest weather forecast.
Friday morning forecasts saying wind not turning N.W. till late afternoon and not so strong(35mph), may still be worth a short set up mid afternoon though.

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16 whoppers flew north over lady fen, Welney WWT, at 16.40 this afternoon, maybe the same flock reported earlier in Linc
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16 whoppers flew north over lady fen, Welney WWT, at 16.40 this afternoon, maybe the same flock reported earlier in Linc
Deplorably, I am impelled momentarily to rupture my self-imposed exile. Thank you so much, Tony, for the inspirational & creative opportunity you have afforded:

“This large order of sandwiches (‘Whopper’):
Can it really be quite right & proper ?
They flew over Our Lady ?
His Lordship was feared ’e
’d fall into the Fen - come a cropper !

Was their genre most thoroughly grilled ?
(Tho’, to spot these aloft is so skilled !)
Such airborne fast food –
Whether broiled, or slo-stewed –
Won’t leave one completely fulfilled !

In the air, they did sail above Ellie;
Showing white underparts, wings & belly.
Above Her, they did glide –
As Our Tony them eyed –
Towards Wisbech & its lovely deli.

Or, perhaps, when he glimpsed this ’ere flock –
And, once he’d got over the shock –
They were going far North –
P’raps, right up to The Forth –
And, diverted to ‘tick’ the Bass Rock ?

They were earlier seen over ‘Linc’ –
Did they call into Skeg, for a drink ?
Just imagine that bar:
‘Could we all have a jar ?’
I’m sure it would cause quite a stink !

Now, correctly, this flock is a ‘wedge’:
The shape of a ‘V’, I allege !
But, to explain a ‘bevy’*:
Well, I s’pose they’re quite heavy !
And, more so, after they do fledge !

This was yesterday afternoon;
I hope they’ll be back sometime soon.
And, where’er they did fly,
White & high in the sky,
Once again, they’ll this Wetland festoon.

This was at wet, wet, wet Welney;
To gain access there is not free:
It’s most of 10 Pounds
To view their lakes & grounds –
That’s from www.WWT !”


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Wilson's Petrel west past Cley coastguards this morning per RBA. Who saw that coming.....light northweserlies may have brought an interesting shearwater, some Skuas and a possible Sabine's but this going the "wrong" way? Incredible record if and when it's accepted given that European stormie is still very rare along the Norfolk coast.

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