The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

A happy Pratincole experience

6th June 2009

Following a couple of misses with the Collared Pratincole a few weeks ago, better luck this time, with good views of the Black-winged Pratincole. I was in no way confident of seeing it, giving the tendency or NN Coast Pratincoles to go on little excursions, and the still-galling knowledge that the Collared Pratincole probably flew past me whilst searching the marshes between Salthouse & Kelling.
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Me & Adam got the train and bus to Thornham, with Gary informing us that the Pratincole had been seen at Thornham 20 minutes ago. We still had a long walk up the hill to reach the corner of the field near the reservior. A number of birders were very helpful, a woman allowing me to get my first glimpses of its head through her 'scope, and two guys around the corner both letting me have a look whilst I set up my telescope. The Black-winged Pratincole finally played ball, getting up and wandering around in front of a small shed, a great reference point in a field of many earthy lumps. After a while it became obvious that the only flight views we were likely to get were of its arse as it flew to Titchwell, so we walked back, completing a loop back to Thornham.
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In the afternoon we managed to get a lift to Potter Heigham to have a scan around the back of Hickling. Rush Hills held 50+ Ringed Plover and a similar amount of Black-tailed Godwits. Adam saw a Curlew Sand, but it wasn't there when I scanned round. A few butterflies and damselflies were around, including the first Peacock and Tiger Moth caterpillars of the year. Chips at Potter bridge, and then home.
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Year list 206 species

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