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  • 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

  • 9 August 2014

    Autumn migration is underway

    We always talk about waders at this time of year when it comes to autumn migration because, as a general rule, they start to move south earlier than the passerine species. It was a bit of a surprise then when two pied flycatchers turned up in the bushes near Island Hide on Thursday morning.

    At this time of the year, pied flycatchers don't have the classic black and white plumage of spring but they still show the characteristic white markings in the wing. The Island Hide bushes can be a surprisingly productive patch of vegetation given the right conditions. Despite the woodland areas being close by, many migrants birds can be so tired that they will drop into the first piece of cover they come across. Over the years these bushes have produced records of spotted flycatcher, reed warbler, goldcrest, yellow browed and Pallas's warblers and several redstarts.

    It is always worth lingering for a few minutes as you walk down to the lagoons if the wind is in the north. You never know what might be in there...

    Pied flycatcher near Island Hide by Gill McLennan

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 6 August 2014

    August 6th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spotted crake - reported mid afternoon but very elusive

    Spoonbill - 19 on fresh marsh

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 100 on fresh marsh

    Bittern - 1 in flight over reedbed

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 4 August 2014

    August 4th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spotted crake - adult still present although elusive at times

    Spoonbill - 19 on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 5 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 37 on fresh marsh

    Green sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Eider - 17 offshore

    Avocwet - 219 on fresh marsh

    Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Little ringed plover - 6 on fresh marsh

    Posted by Paul Eele

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Your sightings

Grid reference: TF7543 (+2km)

Spotted Crake (1)
18 Aug 2014
Spoonbill (2)
22 Aug 2014
Marsh Harrier (1)
22 Aug 2014
Avocet ()
22 Aug 2014
Little Ringed Plover (2)
22 Aug 2014
Whimbrel (1)
22 Aug 2014
Black-tailed Godwit (35)
22 Aug 2014
Bar-tailed Godwit (5)
22 Aug 2014
Ruff (73)
22 Aug 2014
Green Sandpiper (1)
22 Aug 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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