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Recent sightings

  • 28 August 2014

    August 28th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Great white egret - 1 feeding on reedbed pool although it is elusive at times

    Curlew sandpiper - 3 juveniles on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 4 on fresh marsh

    Whinchat - 4 on East Trail

    Pied flycatcher - 1 along main path

    Spotted flycatcher - 1 in picnic area

    Wigeon - 4 early returning birds on fresh marsh this morning

    Eider - 11 offshore

    Golden plover - 200 roosting on fresh marsh this morning then flew inland to feed

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 27 August 2014

    August 27th 2014 - Today's highlights

    With a bit of an easterly wind and light rain there was a bit it of an arrival of migrants this morning. An early morning visit to Thornham Point produced a few birds.

    Wheatear - 2 at Thornham Point

    Whinchat - 1 at Thornham Point

    Pied flycatcher - 1 at Thornham Point, 1 on East Bank

    Spotted flycatcher - 1 at Thornham Point

    Peregrine - female at Thornham Point

    Spoonbill - 7 on saltmarsh

    Curlew sandpiper - adult still on fresh marsh

    Arctic tern - 1 on fresh marsh

    Eider - 12 offshore

    Hobby - adult still present hunting around the reserve

    Bittern - seen again in flight over the reedbed. The bird has been regularly seen over the past few weeks

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 26 August 2014

    August 26th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Arctic tern - 1 juvenile west 08:00

    Curlew sandpiper - adult on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Spoonbill - 12 on fresh marsh then flew east

    Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 2 on fresh marsh

    Hobby - 1 hunting over reserve

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 22 August 2014

    August 22nd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill - 4 on the fresh marsh this morning

    Little ringed plover - 2 juveniles feeding in front of Parrinder Hide

    Water rail - 2 feeding along reed edge from Island Hide but no sign of the spotted crake for several days

    Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Eider - 12 offshore

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 21 August 2014

    August 21st 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill - 18 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - at least 78 on fresh marsh

    Green sandpiper - 1 on grazing meadow

    Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Hobby - 1 adult still present hunting martins and swallows over the reserve

    Treecreeper - 1 feeding in willow scrub around the visitor centre. An unusual species for the reserve

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 20 August 2014

    August 20th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill - 18 on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Spotted redshank - 3 on fresh marsh

    Green sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Turtle dove - 1 over East Trail

    Peregrine - 1 hunting over the fresh marsh this morning

    Bullfinch - pair near Fen Hide this morning

    Small fall of migrants along East Trail this morning with 20 blackcap, 3 lesser and 2 common whitethroats present

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 19 August 2014

    August 19th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill - 13 on fresh marsh

    Black tern - 1 west offshore this morning

    Mediteranean gull - juvenile on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Spotted redshank - 6 on fresh marsh including the 1st juvenile of the autumn

    Dunlin - 20 on fresh marsh

    Bittern - 1 in flight over the reedbed this morning

    Hobby - 1 hunting waders and swallows over the reserve all day

    Avocet - 150 on fresh marsh

    Clouded yellow butterfly - 1 by the 1st screen on East Trail

    Pipistrelle bat sp - 1 flying around the carpark during the middle of the day!!

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 18 August 2014

    August 18th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spotted crake - adult on fresh marsh from Island Hide early morning

    Spoonbill - 12 on fresh marsh

    Black tern - 1 west this morning

    Manx shearwater - 5 west this morning

    Velvet scoter - 1 offshore

    Turtle dove - 1 on East Trail

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 9 August 2014

    August 9th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spotted crake - 1 still present but generally very elusive. Seen early morning then again mid afternoon only

    Curlew sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh. 

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 13 on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 9 on fresh marsh

    Water rail - 1 feeding along reed edge near Island Hide

    Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 1 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 50+ on fresh marsh with many of them juveniles

    Golden plover - 2 summer plumage birds briefly this morning

    Avocet - 214 on fresh marsh

    Little ringed plover - 3 juveniles on fresh marsh

    Hobby - adult hunting swallows and martins over the reedbed this morning

    Clouded yellow butterfly - 2 on East Trail near viewing screen this morning

    I'm on leave now for a week so there will be no updates until the 18th

    Posted by Paul Eele

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Your sightings

Grid reference: TF7543 (+2km)

Great White Egret ()
31 Aug 2014
White-rumped Sandpiper (1)
31 Aug 2014
Spotted Crake (1)
18 Aug 2014
Spoonbill ()
1 Sep 2014
Water Rail ()
1 Sep 2014
Avocet ()
1 Sep 2014
Black-tailed Godwit ()
1 Sep 2014
Bar-tailed Godwit ()
1 Sep 2014
Ruff ()
1 Sep 2014
Curlew Sandpiper ()
1 Sep 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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