Tuesday, 20 November 2018


I've been going over my British list today as I approach 400 to check I have nothing plastic on it and I have to say it appears to be pretty clean apart from the Richardson's Cackling Goose at Kelling which doesn't seem to have been accepted at this point so I may actually be sitting on 398 right now.
I have the American Horned Lark in my back pocket for ron but lost a couple with the recent IOC revisions.

But looking at my list has prompted another look at the British list which now stands at 618 with the latest addition being the Pelican that I thought had less chance then the Pond Heron and as such I failed to go see it.
Here's a link to the BOURC Current British list.

Monday, 19 November 2018

The last week in Norfolk

The last week was spent in Norfolk with our grandson.
Birding was limited with days out tailored more to the little one with a trip to Hunstanton Sea life Aquarium his highlight. Watching the lights get turned on at Holt was an unexpected high point too.

On the birding front I managed to to connect with the King Eider at Sheringham on a couple of occasions. I got lucky when a Pallid Swift was found whilst I was in Cromer shopping so right time right place for a Lifer. A trip to Horsey to show the guys the Seal pups gave me the chance to connect with the wintering Rough-legged Buzzard and a stop off at Burwell on the way home rewarded me with great views of no fewer than eight Short-eared Owls. 

Gorgeous George
Barn Owl
Bull Grey Seal at Horsey
Curlew at Thornham
Seal pup
Female Grey Seal
Reed Bunting at Thornham
Short-eared Owl at Burwell Fen
Pallid Swift at Cromer

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Stejneger's Stonechat at Salthouse on a positive DNA test

The announcement on Birdguides
So once accepted this will drop on the life list and bring it to 399
Year list now 252 with this weeks addition of the Horsey Rough-legged Buzzard.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Pallid Swift at Overstrand

After enjoying good but distant views of the Sheringham King Eider this morning I found myself in just the right place to twitch the Pallid Swift that was reported at Overstrand just six miles away.
I parked up at the beach car park in Overstrand and walked about 800 yards west to find the Pallid Swift hawking with a House Martin mainly over the sea but it would occasionally drift to the cliff edge before turning and returning to the sea.

This was a lifer for me and takes the life list to 398 just tow short now of my 400 goal.

The year list is now 251

Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift 
Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift