Norfolk bird news August 2021
Weather conditions resulted in a fall of scarce and common migrants from 22nd. On Blakeney Point there was a Greenish Warbler 23rd an Icterine Warbler 22nd-23rd, a Barred Warbler 22nd-24th, up to six Wrynecks 22nd, with another 25th, a Red-backed Shrike 22nd- 28th and an adult male Red-backed Shrike briefly 23rd.
A Greenish Warbler was at Burnham Overy Dunes 22nd and a Barred Warbler there the next day 23rd. An Ortolan Bunting was at Salthouse 20th and a 1w Red-backed Shrike was at Gramborough Hill 23rd- 25th.
A Wryneck was at Happisburgh 22nd and two Wrynecks were at Warham Greens 22nd and another was at Holkham dunes 23rd and Stiffkey 28th. A Barred Warbler was at Thornham 25th and a Greenish Warbler was at Horsey by the Nelson’s Head track 24th. A Wood Warbler was at Wells Woods 25th and Walsey Hills 29th.A relatively early Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Trimingham churchyard 31st. A Rose-coloured Starling was at Gorleston 2nd. Several Pied Flycatchers were scattered about.
A Pacific Golden Plover was at the North Point pools at Wells 4th-15th. A Pacific Golden Plover was also at Burnham Overy Marshes 5th. The adult White-rumped Sandpiper remained at Snettisham RSPB until 16th. Also there was a Red-necked Phalarope 9th and a Roseate Tern 16th. Nearby the Glossy Ibis was at Ken Hill Marshes and also occasionally dropped in at the RSPB reserve too. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Breydon Water 23rd. A Long-billed Dowitcher was at Hickling Broad NWT 25th (last months bird?) on Swim Coots 25th. Access by NWT boat only. A Pectoral Sandpiper was also on Swim Coots 25th.The Long-billed Dowitcher then moved (back?) to Potter Heigham Marshes 30th-31st at least.
A Purple Heron flew south over Hunstanton 5th, a juvenile Purple Heron was at Barton Broad from 18th and Heacham South Beach 30th. A Night Heron was photographed by the River Bure 30th. Up to five Glossy Ibis was at Welney WWT 13th & 19th.
A summer plumaged Sabine’s Gull lingered for most of the day at Cley Marshes 17th. Seawatchers had a ball from 26th as a result of a near continuous flow of northerly winds. Highlights were a Black-browed Albatross past Sheringham 26th, plus over the latter days of August were a few Cory’s Shearwaters, several Long-tailed Skuas, a Storm Petrel, a clutch of Sabine’s Gulls and a couple of Black Guillemots from various watchpoints along the coast.
A Honey Buzzard flew south-west over Upton Fen 15th and a Montagu’s Harrier was at Warham Greens 24th.
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