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Paul Newport
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Lesser Whitethroat
My first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was a singing male in traditionally used breeding habitat at Deopham, Norfolk.  This is a typical 'first' date for this species on the patch.

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Whitethroat at Great Cressingham
There is no doubt that the recent run of westerly to northerly winds has stalled spring migration, this is evident from the lack of Whitethroat records from my patch.  However, as previously written, migration in spring has greater urgency to it than autumn...

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Bodney, Norfolk 17th April
A short visit to this beautiful area early morning in dire conditions produced 3 Curlews (included display/song), 2 Oystercatchers (pair), and about 10 Lapwings .  All species seen in typical breeding habitat. A single passage Meadow Pipit was watched overf...

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Great Cressingham, Norfolk
A very brief visit to the Peddars Way just outside Great Cressingham produced a pair of Grey Partridges at a traditional site where last autumn I found a covey of 22 birds. A pair of Mistle Thrushes were close to their nest site and nearby, a small flock of...

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'Nettlecreeper' back on patch.
The first significant rainfall for some time fell last night, this was followed by a day of long sunny spells, however, the wind was a cold, fresh north-westerly. Recent wind directions have not been overly favourable for spring passage in recent days, thes...

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Great Cressingham (Watton Brook Valley) Norfolk
A cool start to the day with a slight grass frost and an air temperature of 3 degrees.  It remained bright with good visibility. Good numbers of Warblers seen and heard including Blackcaps , Chiffchaffs , and a single Willow Warbler .  Two pairs of Reed Bun...

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Hethel, Norfolk 4th April
I often spend my breaks from work visiting local churchyards.  Being an arable county, the churchyard offers extremely good and variable habitats which are of great benefit to wildlife. This visit took me to the small churchyard at Hethel, a typical example...

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"Hedgebetty"
"Hedgebetty" At work today, I met a lovely elderly lady who told me she has "Hedgebetty" coming to her garden, but she didn't know the real name of the bird...it is fact the Dunnock , or sometimes known as Hedge Sparrow (it isn't a Sparrow in fact). She ha...

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Fieldfare passage
1945hrs (Dusk).  An interesting movement of Fieldfares high overhead and calling, heading off in a north-easterly heading into the dark of the coming night.  The flight was direct and purposeful, clearly outgoing passage birds making for their Scandinavian ...

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Firecrest at Hockham, Norfolk
The month of March 2017 will be remembered for some early arrivals on the patch, most notably, Blackcaps , of which I found 5 singing males with the first being on 16th March at Hethersett.  Chiffchaffs also arrived in force from the middle of the second we...
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