Leader: Ray Gribble
Reporter: Emily Leonard
We started the day off just before 10am in the NWT car park at Hickling. We said our hellos to all and introduced ourselves to our new members who had recently joined the club. Ray explained how the day would run and we had an introduction talk from a lady who works at the NWT reserve; she explained to us what had been seen and what we were likely to see.
We split off into 2 groups, as we were operating at full capacity for the trip. Ray lead one group and Steve Chapman lead the other.
We all headed onto the reserve and towards the Cadbury hide.
Coordinator and Leader: Steve Chapman
Reporter: David Laurie
Species list: David Gibbons
Originally scheduled for the 27th November, storm Arwen caused our trip to Holkham to be postponed for two weeks. Thankfully, the conditions this time were far better and after a frosty start the day was one of light cloud and a mild southerly wind.
Coordinator and Leader: Emily Leonard
Reporter: David Laurie
Species list: Nick Edwards
Nine of us met at the How Hill Trust car park for an overcast and mild 9:00 start. Above was the impressive thatched house, built at the start of the 20th century by Norwich architect Edward Boardman on what must be one of the highest points in the Broads. It stands a massive 50 feet above sea level and is now home to the How Hill Trust and its Environmental Study Centre (you can read more at
howhilltrust.org.uk, including the intriguing story of the Olympic Oak).
Leader: Chris Stone
Reporter: Keith Walker
Weather fine but cloudy. Temperature 18/19 C. Very gentle southerly breeze.
An ideal day for wandering around the reserve, but little likelihood of new migrants dropping in.
A dozen members turned up to our traditional Titchwell meeting, which was led with knowledgeable authority by Chris who is a volunteer at Titchwell, and we were fortunate that a further member and long standing Titchwell volunteer, Colin Fenn, joined us, so we had two experts who knew all the nooks and crannies to explore and where the usual bird suspects could be found.
Led and Reported by Ashley Saunders of Oriole Birding
Tuesday 14th– Heavy rain and light E winds, 15C
It was back to the North-east of England this week for a custom tour for Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society, and with east winds and rain for most of the day, we departed Norfolk rather wide-eyed at the prospect of a day’s birding tomorrow at Spurn. But, we had birds to see on the way too as we made a bee-line for Blacktoft Sands again and it’s long-staying White-tailed Plover. Little did we know that during our drive, a Bluethroat had been found here too and this was very exciting and welcome news when we arrived at the Visitor Centre (via the Tree Sparrows on the feeders)! Thinking the plover would be the easier of the two highlight birds to see, we opted to head straight to Xerox Hide where the Bluethroat had been seen twenty minutes previously, but arrived there to a hide full of people who’d not seen it nor knew exactly where it was. There were two shouts though of quick flight views of it over the reeds – this clearly wasn’t going to be easy! A great show of other birds here though included four Water Rails on view at one time, and they were pretty much constantly on show during our whole visit. Common Snipe, at least three Green Sandpipers, twenty Ruff and a lovely juv Spotted Redshank which flew in calling, were other highlights here. With no further sign of the Bluethroat though, we decided to take a walk east towards Townend Hide to see if the plover was about.
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