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Robert S J Smith

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A spectacular day - loads of good birds at Titchwell RSPB. 200+ Bramblings at Choseley and ended the day with watching 41 Shags fly straight over my head to roost in the cliffs at Hunstanton in the setting sun - absolutely stunning.:t:

Full update on blog.

Penny:girl:

Will have to look at my notes but I'm pretty sure I've had that Herring Gull at Lynn Docks Penny. What I know for sure is it'll have been ringed at Blackborough End Tip.
 

Penny Clarke

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I had a staggering count of 112 Shags flying into roost at Hunstanton Cliffs this evening!!!:eek!:
Does anyone what that the record is?

Full update on my blog.

Penny:girl:
 
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Andy in Norfolk

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That is the record Norfolk count Penny - by over 30 birds too (see post 18351 above). If recent trends continue though, it may not stand for too long !
 

firstreesjohn

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That's gross

50 Pine Grosbeaks yesterday on Utsira, an island off western Norway and roughly ‘level’ with Orkney (from RBA website).

They’re getting closer: but it’s still 450 miles, as the Grozzer flies.

Using reverse psychology (or something), we’ll never get one of these in County.

Two Waxwings now opposite Hair World in Beccles. Waxing, too ?
 
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Mark Batten

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Must be mindblowing and very exciting counting shags;). Nearly as exciting as counting jays;). No worries only five months to go and you can go and löök fotr spring migrants. There is always counting shags in the meantime;)
 
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Paul Eele

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Titchwell November 5th

Today’s highlights

Spotted redshank – 8 on fresh marsh
Swallow – 1 west
Brambling – 2 on feeders
Bittern – 1 in flight over reedbed
Long tailed duck – 2 drake offshore
Harbour porpoise – 2 offshore

Paul
 

firstreesjohn

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The flock waxed before our eyes

I was determined to see Waxwings today- and I did. Lovely birds, charismatic, entrancing even the general public. The flock of 6 at Langham was, at first, in a Sorbus (I am assured), opposite The Bluebell- an establishment which does not sell single wild flowers but, apparently, purveys alcoholic beverages.

In front of our very eyes, it (the flock) increased to 9, then 10 and, by late afternoon, had doubled in size- to 12.

The LH photo (in harsh sun) actually depicts 3 birds (!), the middle one, 11.

I spotted the Guineafowl just around the corner, perched on a roof. The old saying is manifestly true: the fowl in stone gathers no moss.

My run of luck with late hirundines continues: 3 Swallows in the Beach car park at Wells at 1445h.
 

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Andy in Norfolk

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40 Shags roosted on Hunstanton Cliffs tonight. I managed to read 5 darvics and will report back when I hear from the scheme 'manager' at CEH. 26 Waxwings flew north at rooftop height along the promenade at about 15:15.
 

Martyn Yapp

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Pretty sure you will be there if they find a Double-crested Cormorant with them, good job people can be bothered....

Must be mindblowing and very exciting counting shags;). Nearly as exciting as counting jays;). No worries only five months to go and you can go and löök fotr spring migrants. There is always counting shags in the meantime;)
 

Penny Clarke

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83 Shags roosted on Cromer pier last night, so numbers still rising here too.
:t: Watching this unusual number of shags flying in to roost is quite fascinating, all part of the enjoyment of birding in Norfolk. Thanks to everyone who has added their sightings of these birds all along the coast. I will look forward to continued updates from you all, whilst I am now back at work!:t:
 

O.Reville1989

I started off with nothing and I've still got some
Great to see my first Waxwings of the winter, especially in the village I spent my early years in Norfolk growing up in.
 

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Martyn Yapp

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Must be a reason for this displacement surely, nothing turning up inland yet as far as I know.

:t: Watching this unusual number of shags flying in to roost is quite fascinating, all part of the enjoyment of birding in Norfolk. Thanks to everyone who has added their sightings of these birds all along the coast. I will look forward to continued updates from you all, whilst I am now back at work!:t:
 

firstreesjohn

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Must be a reason for this displacement

I agree: these are, after all, unprecedented counts.

It can’t be attributed to the failure of the berry crop, poor breeding season for voles or lack of beech mast elsewhere- but is there another environmental cause ? Does anyone know why they congregated in large numbers in previous years ?

Are they turning up in similar numbers in other coastal counties ? A quick search of relevant forums revealed nothing.

And, as Martyn implies (#18371), it’s sometimes when birders are monitoring relatively mundane occurrences that they discover a rarie.
 

stuart white

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Waxwings showing very well at Strumpshaw

A lovely couple of hours at Strumpshaw this morning with junior, showed him his first ever Otter from the brick hide as we arrived, also 3 Marsh Tits, 100+ Siskin, 2 Redpoll over calling, Bittern close in flight but brief, a few bearded tits and then two very tame waxwings to finish off.
 

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Mark Batten

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John. Löök forward to your claims of one (possibly two) probable dcc's in the coming weeks- all seen briefly of course;)
 

Paul Eele

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Titchwell November 6th

Today’s highlights

Waxwing – 10 in carpark @9am, 6 in hedgerow along East Trail
Long tailed duck – 3 offshore
Avocet – 1 on fresh marsh
Red crested pochard – female on Patsy’s reedbed
Slav grebe – 1 offshore
Brambling – 3 on feeders

Paul
 

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