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Norfolk bird news May 2024

 

There was a succession of scarce migrants on Blakeney Point, especially during the second half of May. It started with a female Subalpine Warbler species 7th, and after a gap of several days was followed by a Thrush Nightingale 18th, Short-toed Lark 18th-19th, Golden Oriole 18th, up to three Icterine Warblers 21st-22nd, Marsh Warbler 21st, Red-spotted Bluethroat 22nd, Blyth’s Reed Warbler 26th, Alpine Swift 27th and three Red-backed Shrikes with up to two 18th-19th and the other 25th -26th.

 

Other Blyth’s Reed Warblers were between Winterton & Horsey 26th and Beeston Regis 27th.

 

A single European Bee-eater flew south over Hunstanton cliffs having been seen previously flying west over Thornham, Scolt Head Island, Weybourne and West Runton 13th. Another European Bee-eater was at Weybourne and Kelling Heath 25th.

 

There was, the now almost expected, annual spring rush of Golden Orioles, which included sightings at West Runton 4th & 24th, two or three at Muckleburgh Hill, Weybourne 6th and a single there 21st & 24th, RSPB Titchwell 9th, Holkham 16th, Kelling Heath 17th-18th, RSPB Strumpshaw 17th and Snettisham Coastal Park 20th.

 

There were several Red-backed Shrikes including singles at Horsey 19th-20th & 26th-27th, Winterton 20th-21st & 25th, Kelling Heath 20th, Burnham Overy Dunes 22nd, Sheringham 24th, Snettisham CP 26th-27th and Waxham 27th. Single Pied Flycatchers were at Trimmingam at Green Cables campsite 1st, NWT Holme Dunes 2nd-3rd, Waxham 3rd and RSPB Titchwell 4th.

 

A male Red-footed Falcon was at NWT Hickling Broad 2nd and a female/first summer male was there 4th & 8th, another first summer male flew over Denver windmill 24th and another over NWT Cley Marshes 31st.

 

Single Montagu’s Harriers were seen over Sheringham 5th, Blakeney 10th, NWT Cley Marshes 16th & 22nd and RSPB Titchwell 23rd. There were several European Honey-buzzards seen: NWT Cley Marshes 2nd, Sheringham 5th, NWT Hickling Broad 12th, RSPB Strumpshaw Fen 18th, Whitlingham 20th, Buxton Heath 24th, Kelling 28th and West End 29th.

 

An American Golden Plover was at Buckenham & Cantley Marshes 4th-5th. A Black-winged Stilt was at RSPB Snettisham briefly 25th and at Potter Heigham Marshes 28th-29th. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Potter Heigham Marshes 19th-20th. A Dotterel seen to fly west over Blakeney Point 6th and another east 11th.

 

The Long billed Dowitcher remained at NWT Cley Marshes until 2nd. There were many Temminck’s Stints in Norfolk during the period 4th-17th May. Best counts were five at RSPB Titchwell 16th, up to three at NWT Cley Marshes and three at Stiffkey Fen 16th-17th. Others were found at NWT Hickling Broad, Potter Heigham Marshes, North Point Pools and Denver Sluice 14th.

 

A Purple Heron was at NWT Cley Marshes and Blakeney Freshmarsh 7th- 12th. Others were at Hickling Broad NWT 11th-12th and Burnham Overy Staithe 14th. Two Roseate Terns flew west at NWT Cley Marshes 30th.

 

Single Glossy Ibises were at Ken Hill Marshes, NWT Cley Marshes, Blakeney Freshmarsh and Stiffkey. A Red-breasted Goose was at NWT Holme Dunes 2nd, Titchwell RSPB 4th and Burnham Overy Staithe 7th. A Black Brant was at RSPB Snettisham 23rd-25th.

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