Thursday 6th October 2016

A busy day with thrushes, Robins and Goldcrests on the move. Highlights included 2 Rock Pipits trapped and ringed, a Hawfinch over calling, a Short-eared Owl in off the sea, a Woodcock through the pines, at least one Yellow-browed Warbler calling in the pines, 2 Wheatears along the sea wall at Thornham, where there was also a report of a Richard's Pipit over in the morning, a Pied Flycatcher was at the NWT reserve, 2 Grey Wagtails flew over calling, and 3 Bramblings and 2 Siskins were also of note. Seawatching produced 31 Gannets, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Skuas, 7 Razorbills and 2 Guillemots.

Highlights from Walsey Hills included a Great Grey Shrike on the reserve in the afternoon before moving off east over the hide, two Ring Ouzels in the scrub in the morning and a Yellow-browed Warbler still present but elusive in the willows.

Brief views of a Great Grey Shrike - Walsey Hills, October 2016 © David Bratt

Norfolk News from Birdnet
Norfolk Black-browed Albatross E/past Happisburgh at 16:45 E/past Walcott at 16:38 NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk Immature Black-browed Albatross E/past Cley Beach c/pk at 15:35 NR25 7SA TG049441 Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Horsey at 18:00 in dunes on lower path 400yds S/of c/pk NR29 4EP TG477228
Norfolk 2 Spoonbill Burnham Overy 13:30 at Gun Hill + 8 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines PE31 8JJ TF853449
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Beeston Common at 16:10 NR26 8RX TG165425
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Wells at 13;30 in small copse on coastal footpath just beyond sea wall NR23 1AR TF917437
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Wells Woods late a/noon NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB late a/noon at junction Fen Trail & Meadow Trail near visitor centre PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike S/of Walsey Hills NOA till mid a/noon then flew S/ NR25 7SA TG062439
Norfolk Radde's Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end early a/noon 400yds W/of crosstracks in reeds & bracken but very elusive, seen only in flight Norfolk 2 Great Grey Shrike Winterton North Dunes between North Dunes & Nelson Head Track this a/noon NR29 4BQ TG496198
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Trimingham at 14:30 + 2 Firecrest NR11 8EG TG279388
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Waxham 1/3ml N/of Shangri-La chatet at 14:00 + Short-eared Owl & Firecrest NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell RSPB this a/noon on freshmarsh PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great White Egret Holkham Freshmarsh at W/end from Joe Jordan Hide at 13:15 NR23 1RN TF888439
Norfolk 3 Yellow-browed Warbler East Somerton by gamekeepers cottage
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Happisburgh at 10:00 NR12 0PR TG384309
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Thornham Point at 12:30 in sea buckthorn by old watch tower E/of harbour + 2 Redstart PE36 6NZ TF737438
Norfolk 4 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods on N/side of The Dell at 12:30 NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Waxham in woods N/of Bide a Wee Cottage at 07:30 NR12 0DZ TG440261
Norfolk Great White Egret Welney WWT from Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946 Norfolk Red-breasted Flycatcher Titchwell RSPB in picnic area at 11:00 but elusive PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk 10 Common Crane Welney WWT over visitor centre & appeared to land by Lyle Hide PE14 9TN TL548946
Norfolk Radde's Warbler Wells Woods in SW/corner of The Dell N/of main track at 10:15 briefly NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Wells Woods by track along W/side of caravan park 200yds S/of gate NR23 1DR TF909453
Norfolk Yellow-browed Warbler Great Yarmouth Cemetery in central section NR30 1DW TG526082
Norfolk Richard's Pipit Thornham Harbour at 08:27 near c/pk briefly then flew E/& landed out of view TF728441 TF728441
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Old Hunstanton at 09:10 viewable from Caley Hall Hotel PE36 5AH TF672409
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Holkham Pines at W/end of main track, between crosstracks & dunes in willows
Norfolk 2 Yellow-browed Warbler Titchwell RSPB PE31 8BB TF759436
Norfolk Great Grey Shrike Old Hunstanton in bushes viewed NE/from Caley Hall Hotel at 08:00 PE36 5AH TF690425
Norfolk 3 Spoonbill Burnham Overy Staithe then flew to Burnham Norton + Male Hen Harrier