NOR­FOLK

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August -

HIGH­LIGHTS:

An Or­tolan Bunt­ing (28th) and two Green­ish War­blers (18th) were on Blak­eney Point, with an­other Green­ish War­bler at Win­ter­ton (16th). Ic­ter­ine War­blers were at Cley (16th), Sidestrand and Trim­ing­ham (17th) and Win­ter­ton (24th-26th). Wry­necks were at six sites. A Barred War­bler was at Sher­ing­ham (24th). A Red-backed Shrike was at West Run­ton (19th-24th). Serins were at Win­ter­ton (26th) and Salt­house (28th). A Golden Ori­ole was at Wey­bourne (27th). A Purple Heron was at Hick­ling Broad (3rd). Glossy Ibises were at Cley Marshes (8th) and Strump­shaw Fen (from 21st). A White-rumped Sand­piper was at Blak­eney Harbour and Cley Marshes (3rd-6th & 17th). A Pec­toral Sand­piper was at Pot­ter Heigham Marshes (11th-13th). Snet­tisham logged a White-rumped Sand­piper and Pec­toral Sand­piper (6th), Red-necked Phalarope (9th-16th) and Mon­tagu’s Har­rier (11th). A Honey Buz­zard flew over Thet­ford (1st), with a Mon­tagu’s Har­rier past Sher­ing­ham (24th).

BREY­DON WATER:

High­lights in­cluded three Black Terns, a Spoon­bill, Mon­tagu’s Har­rier, Red Kite and three Lit­tle Gulls. It was the worst month ever for terns, with hardly any Common and Sand­wich Terns. There were two King­fish­ers, three Whin­chats, five Wheatears and a Red­start. Max­ima in­cluded 810 Med Gulls, 87 Lit­tle Egrets, 34 Teal, four Shov­el­ers, four Gad­wall, 91 Shel­ducks, 44 Egyp­tian Geese, two Wi­geon, Pin­tail, Pink-footed Goose, 38 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 1,415 Avo­cets, 196 Golden Plovers, 1,420 Black-tailed God­wits, 796 Curlews, 931 Red­shanks, a Knot, 13 Curlew Sand­pipers, four Lit­tle Stints, five Ruff, six Green­shanks, four Spot­ted Red­shanks and two Turn­stones.

NOA HOLME BIRD OB­SER­VA­TORY:

High­lights in­cluded 55 Black-tailed God­wits, four Stonechats, eight Snipe, 22 Lit­tle Terns, four Swifts, a Spoon­bill, Med Gull, King­fisher, Tur­tle Dove, Lit­tle Stint, Kit­ti­wake, Pere­grine, Cross­bill, 550 Sand­wich Terns, Red Kite, four Buz­zards, 21 Whim­brels, five Golden Plovers, Wood Sand­piper, 2,000 Common Scot­ers, four Arc­tic Skuas, a Spot­ted Red­shank, six Common Sand­pipers, Cuckoo, five Black­caps, four Lesser Whitethroats, eight Whitethroats, four Red­starts, five Whin­chats, three Wheatears, seven Yel­low Wag­tails, two Black Terns, Arc­tic Tern, six Pied Fly­catch­ers, two Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, 15 Wil­low War­blers, Grey Wag­tail, 1,123 Common Terns, three Cetti’s War­blers, two Gar­den War­blers, two Hob­bies, Eider, four Ful­mars, six Manx Shear­wa­ters, 54 Gan­nets, four Green Sand­pipers, two Green­shanks, a Grasshop­per War­bler and Great Skua.

NOA RED­WELL MARSH:

A Yel­lowham­mer, 50 Swifts, Tur­tle Dove, Hobby, Yel­low Wag­tail, Green­shank, 12 Black-tailed God­wits, two Avo­cets, Green Sand­piper, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Snipe, Lit­tle Owl and four Gar­den War­blers were noted.

CLEY AREA:

High­lights in­cluded two Arc­tic Terns, two Great White Egrets, a Gar­ganey, 18 Yel­low-legged Gulls, eight Spoon­bills, two Caspian Gulls, a Po­ma­rine Skua, Sooty Shear­wa­ter, a prob­a­ble Baltic Gull, Pied Fly­catcher, Balearic Shear­wa­ter, five Black Terns, 37 Curlew Sand­pipers, two Ravens, Red­start, Lit­tle Gull, 15 Arc­tic Skuas, Great Skua, Honey Buz­zard, three Wood Sand­pipers, four Lit­tle Stints, Spot­ted Red­shank and eight Whin­chats. Pete Al­lard, Nor­folk Or­nithol­o­gists’ As­so­coa­t­ion (www.noa.org.uk) and Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 3336946 or 07941333970. www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

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