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Recent sightings

  • 19 December 2014

    December 19th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Hen harrier - ringtail present this morning

    Great skua - 2 offshore

    Woodcock - 1 in scrub between the carpark and visitor centre

    Barn owl - 1 hutning at dusk along East Trail

    Avocet - 12 on the fresh marsh

    Chiffchaff  - 1 along Meadow Trail giving brief snatches of song!!

    After several months of work repairing the East Bank following the December 2013 storm surge, the East Trail is now open. The layout had changed a little but the views over the reserve are the same.

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 16 December 2014

    December 16th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Hen harrier - male hunting over saltmarsh this morning, ringtail to roost

    Snow bunting - 6 west along beach this afternoon

    Water pipit - 1 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 1 on tidal pool

    Avocet - 12 wintering birds still present on the fresh marsh

    Barn owl - 1 hunting over the reedbed near Fen Hide at dusk

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 15 December 2014

    December 15th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Water pipit - 1 on fresh marsh

    Twite - 4 on beach

    Hen harrier - 2 ringtails to roost in Thornham reedbed

    Chiffchaff - 1 feeding in willows along Meadow Trail

    Dark bellied brent goose - 400 commuting between the fresh marsh and adjacent fields

    Peregrine - 2 (adult + juv) hunting over beach

    Snow bunting - 1 found dead at Thornham Point

    Paul

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 10 December 2014

    December 12th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Scaup - female on fresh marsh and reported to have been present since Sunday

    Water pipit - 1 on fresh marsh islands

    Spotted redshank - 3 on tidal pool

    Greenshank - 3 on tidal pool

    Avocet - a slight increase in numbers with 13 on the fresh marsh

    Pintail - 40 on the fresh marsh this afternoon

    Pintails on the fresh marsh by Andy Thompson

    Peregrine - the wintering male was seen chasing the avocets over the fresh marsh today!

    Chiffchaff - 2 wintering birds on the Meadow Trail today

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 3 December 2014

    December 3rd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Hen harrier - male around reserve still

    Water pipit - 1 on fresh marsh

    Snow bunting - 30 on beach but mobile

    Yellow legged gull - adult roosting on fresh marsh

    Mediterranean gull - immature bird roosting on the fresh marsh

    Common gull - 980 on the fresh marsh this afternoon. The highest reserve count since 2008

    Black headed gull - 500 on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 1 on tidal pool

    Avocet - 10 on fresh marsh

    Dark bellied brent goose - 580 roosted on the fresh marsh this evening

    Merlin - 1 chasing skylarks over the saltmarsh

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 2 December 2014

    December 2nd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Hen harrier - ringtail roosted in the reedbed late afternoon

    Spotted redshank - 3 on tidal pool

    Mediterranean  gull - 1 roosting on the fresh marsh this afternoon. Also an unusually high count of 140 herring gulls although they may be sheltering from the stormy conditions offshore

    Water pipit - 1 feeding on fresh marsh islands from Parrinder Hide

    Avocet - 7 on fresh marsh

    Peregrine - 1 hunting black tailed godwits over the fresh marsh

    Excellent numbers of teal and wigeon feeding around the edges of the flooded islands at the moment. They are showing down to about 20m at times from the Parrinder Hide. This afternoon they were joined by 20 ruff, a small flock of dunlin and several turnstone. Searching the edges of the islands should reveal a number of common snipe.

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 1 December 2014

    December 1st 2014 - Today's highlights

    Velvet scoter - 3 offshore

    Red necked grebe - 1 offshore

    Spotted redshank - 2 on tidal pool

    Water pipit - 1 on fresh marsh

    Yellow legged gull - 2 adults roosted on the fresh marsh

    Golden plover - 400 roosting on the fresh marsh islands this afternoon

    Chiffchaff - 1 by Island Hide

    Water rail - 2 'squealing' near Fen Hide at dusk

    Marsh harrier -- 6 (2 males) to roost this evening

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 29 November 2014

    November 29th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Water pipit - 2 feeding on fresh marsh islands from Parrinder Hide

    Hen harrier - male hunting over Thornham Marsh this morning then flew east towards Brancaster. Ringtail over the saltmarsh this afternoon

    Black throated diver - 1 offshore

    Little auk - 2 west offshore this morning

    Firecrest - 1 seen again near Fen Hide but very mobile and elusive

    Bewick's swan - 1 roosting on the fresh marsh until 07:30 only

    Chiffchaff - 2 on Meadow Trail

    Long tailed duck - 4 offshore

    Spotted redshank - 2 on fresh marsh

    Great Northern diver - 2 east offshore

    Swallow - 1 late bird east over the reedbed this afternoon

    From next week we will be increasing the water levels on the fresh marsh and flooding out the islands. This is an important management tool to allow us to control the vegetation growth. The islands were cut and cleared a few weeks ago but short-term flooding will ensure any further growth is suppressed. Levels will remain high for 2-3 weeks and will then be lowered again. 

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 28 November 2014

    November 28th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Long tailed duck - 4 offshore

    Velvet scoter - 3 offshore

    Spotted redshank - 3 on tidal pool

    Water pipit - up to 3 reported on the fresh marsh

    Hen harrier - male still present

    Snow bunting - 20 west along beach

    Red necked grebe - 1 offshore

    Hope you all have a bird-filled weekend whatever you are doing 

    Posted by Paul Eele

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Your sightings

Grid reference: TF7543 (+2km)

Great Skua (2)
19 Dec 2014
Twite (40)
19 Dec 2014
Whooper Swan (4)
17 Dec 2014
Spotted Redshank (4)
17 Dec 2014
Water Pipit ()
16 Dec 2014
Snow Bunting (6)
16 Dec 2014
Caspian Gull ()
15 Dec 2014
Red-throated Diver ()
13 Dec 2014
Marsh Harrier ()
13 Dec 2014
Black-tailed Godwit ()
13 Dec 2014

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.96298,0.60418
  • Postcode: PE31 8BB
  • Grid reference: TF750438
  • Nearest town: Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • County: Norfolk
  • Country: England

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