General sightings, activities and, progressively less crap record shots from the creme-de-la-menthe of Norfolk birding - First With Our News Most Of The Time!
Glorious past events:
2012 latest | 2011 June-December | January-May | 2010 January-March | April | May-June | July-August | September | October | November-December | 2009 January-February | March-August | September | October-December | 2008 January-February | February-April | May-July | Spring Review | August | September | October-November | December | 2007 November-December | October | September | August | June-July | April-May| March-early Apr| January-Febuary | 2006 October - December ¦ September | August part II | August | July
Cantley Beet Factory (D. Brown 16:00-17:00)
Good turnover - 3 turnstone dropped in, also 10 golden, 8 ruff, 15 green sand, 10 common sand. Keeping up the big coverage...
Alta Floresta & environs, MT, Brazil (AL)
JULY 31st (R Moores)
Rush Hill 07:30
Bittern, 2 green sand, 4 snipe, 6 dunlin, 2 golden.
Cantley Beet Factory (10:00)
No sign of wood sand but 3 avocet and many common and green sands
Breydon Water (12:00)
Little gull, barwit, sanderling, 4 turnstone, 4 greenshank, 5 golden.
Green sand at Cantley (RMoores). Finders account for this beauty is in the pipeline.
Earlham Road, Norwich (S Mahood)
Ringed plover over calling.
Rush Hill 0600-0730 (RMa)
One Greenshank, 8 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 LRP, 1 RP, a swarm of seven Green Sand, a heard only flyover Turnstone and 44 Ruff.
Too much water plus too many Greylags equals no waders. 2 European Golden Plover flew through towards Hickling.
No water, no birds, just Greylag.
Sidlesham Ferry, West Sussex (D Brown, H Watson)
Dan proves yet again that the key to rarity finding is to leave the county of Norfolk. Down south for the weekend to attend a wedding, he sidled up to Pagham and found a MARSH SANDPIPER, plus a Spoonbill (found by Hannah). Ever the professional, Dan had forgotten to take his camera, so we're stuck with this classy phone-scoped image. We think the arrow is pointing to the bird, although it may just be a rock.
Left: Dan's Marsh Sand - it's in there somewhere. Right: This is what they look like when photographed properly (JG, Israel 1973).
NB: full account and new photos now available here.
Snettisham, Titchwell (RMa, DM)
4 Curlew Sand, 3 Spotted Redshank, one Arctic Skua and 1 2nd sum Med Gull at Snett with 84 billion Dunlin. 5 Greenshank. No points. Wood Sandpiper nibbling teenie toes in Island Hide at Tichwell, also two Spoonbill planted in the freshmarsh, growing well. Browned off.
Rush Hill (RMa 1145-1600)
16 dunlin, 40 ruff, 1 European golden plover, 1 sum knot, 1 green sand, 1 wigeon and no nearctic waders (radar out by about 300m: Buff-breast at Swim Coot). 5+ White Admiral.
Rush Hill, Martham Broad (JG early eve)
Ruff in number at rush hill, but just one dunlin. A dark phase arctic skua came up out of a field between Martham broad and the A149. It headed off towards the sea - perhaps it had come inland in pursuit of a tern? The broad had adult little gull, single greenshank, common sand, ringo and whimbrel, plus a wigeon.
Winterton (DB late afternoon)
Red Kite hanging around in the dunes.
Red Kite and Cranes, Winterton (D. Brown)
summer in Amazonia .... if you go down to the woods today.... carry a polyvalent Crotalidae Antivenom.
Lachesis muta "silent fate"; more eagles and inverts here (AL)