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  • 30 July 2014

    July 30th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spotted crake - 1 still present near Island Hide today but generally it has been very elusive. At times it was actually seen perching in the tops of the reeds! We don't know why but it could have been to escape the agrssive moorhens

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 9 roosting on fresh marsh this morning

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 29 July 2014

    July 29th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Long tailed skua - adult still present with 9 Arctic skua around the mouth of Thornham Harbour from Thornham Point until 09:30 at least

    Spotted crake - still present near Island Hide but very elusive. Seen between 15:15 - 15:30 and again briefly at 16:15

    Curlew sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 10 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 49 on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 5 on fresh marsh

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Wood sandpiper showing well from Island Hide by Tony Gray


    Green sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Avocet - 240 on fresh marsh

    Med gull - adult roosting on fresh marsh

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 28 July 2014

    July 28th 2014 - Today's highlights

    WOW, what a day!!!

    Long tailed skua - the adult bird from Saturday turned up again this afternoon but mobile over the saltmarsh, beach and lagoons

    Spotted crake - 1 adult along reed edge viewed from the path to Island Hide and from the hide

    adult spotted crake on fresh marsh. Note the short straight beak and spotted plumage that separates it from water rail

    Spoonbill - 12 on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 16 on fresh marsh

    Curlew sandpiper - adult on fresh marsh this morning

    Wood sandpiper - 2 still on fresh marsh

    Green sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 5 on fresh marsh

    Avocet - 272 on fresh marsh

    23 species of wader on the lagoons today

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 25 July 2014

    July 25th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Curlew sandpiper - 2 mounting adults feeding with 40+ dunlin on the fresh marsh today

    Wood sandpiper - 2 still present on the fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - up to 13 today

    Spotted redshank - 6 on fresh marsh. Most of the birds have already moulted into their grey winter plumage although some of them still have some black on them

    Common sandpiper - 3 on fresh marsh

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 24 July 2014

    July 24th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Little stint - 2 feeding on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 4 mobile birds on the reserve this afternoon

    Med gull - 1 offshore this afternoon

    Bittern - 1 briefly in flight over the reedbed 

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 23 July 2014

    July 23rd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Curlew sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh feeding with 30 dunlin

    Spoonbill - 18 on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Wood sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh

    Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 50 on fresh marsh

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 22 July 2014

    July 22nd 2014 - Today's highlights

    Wood sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh

    Spoonbill - 12 on fresh marsh

    Garganey - 1 again on fresh marsh showing very well by main path

    Spotted redshank - 10 on fresh marsh

    Dunlin - 60 on fresh marsh this afternoon

    Arctic skua - an unusual record of 4 west over the reserve this afternoon

    Avocet - 300 on fresh marsh

    Black tailed godwit - 370 on fresh marsh

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 21 July 2014

    July 21st 2014 - Today's highlights

    Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Garganey - 1 on fresh marsh showing well feeding close to the main path

    Spoonbill - 10 on fresh marsh

    Green sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    Little ringed plover - 5 on fresh marsh

    Med gull - 2 2nd summer on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 10 on fresh marsh

    Common sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh today. Small numbers have been passing through the reserve with 16 on Saturday evening

    Black tailed godwit - 247 on fresh marsh

    Avocet - 230 on fresh marsh. 346 on the Saturday evening was the 5th highest count for the reserve

    Dunlin - 32 on fresh marsh including the 1st juveniles of the autumn 

    Posted by Paul Eele

  • 17 July 2014

    July 17th 2014 - Today's highlights

    Spoonbill - 20 on fresh marsh

    Spotted redshank - 9 on fresh marsh

    Ruff - 5 on fresh marsh

    Greenshank - 3 on fresh marsh

    Dunlin - 33 on fresh marsh

    Golden plover - 12 summer plumage birds briefly on fresh marsh this morning

    Black tailed godwit - 120 feeding on fresh marsh

    Common sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh

    White admiral butterfly - 1 still present in the carpark but seems to be very mobile.

    There are lots of migrant butterflies around at the moment with good numbers of painted ladies seen this week. Keep your eyes open for scarce (aka yellow legged) tortoiseshells along the coast at the moment. There have been several sightings in Norfolk and Suffolk this week.

    I am off until early next week so I hope you can wait for the next update ;-)

    Posted by Paul Eele

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Your sightings

Grid reference: TF7543 (+2km)

Spotted Crake (1)
1 Aug 2014
Spoonbill (20)
1 Aug 2014
Marsh Harrier (2)
1 Aug 2014
Avocet (250)
1 Aug 2014
Little Ringed Plover (5)
1 Aug 2014
Black-tailed Godwit ()
1 Aug 2014
Bar-tailed Godwit ()
1 Aug 2014
Ruff ()
1 Aug 2014
Spotted Redshank (3)
1 Aug 2014
Wood Sandpiper (1)
1 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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