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Monday, October 17, 2016

Current total = 250 species

Species in RED have not been seen in Happisburgh by myself but are either British Birds Rarities Committee/County Record Committee accepted records or considered reliable by myself.

Mute Swan ~ occasionally seen either on the sea or passing through.

Bewick’s Swan ~ an irregular passage migrant or winter visitor.

Whooper Swan ~ as with Bewick's, an irregular passage migrant or Winter visitor with small numbers usually present most Winters with the Bewick's herd in the Ludham/Catfield area. 

Bean Goose ~ small numbers of the Tundra breeding race rossicus occur as an occasional winter visitor usually in the company of Pink-feet. November 2011 saw a large arrival of 'grey' geese into north and east Norfolk and several Tundra Beans were viewable in fields around the parish, the largest count being 35+ between Cart Gap and Eccles-on-Sea. Other geese involved were Eurasian White-fronts, Greylag and Barnacle Geese. These were all doubtless fully wild birds displaced from across the North Sea.

Tundra Beans with Pink-feet, Eccles-on-Sea ~ 16.11.2011
Photos by Bob Cobbold

Pink-footed Goose ~ Birds marked with coded plastic collars have been recorded within the parish as follows...

'CGFDB'. Happisburgh 8th November 2000. Ringed as an adult male at Arness, Iceland on 29th July 1999.

'CGICS' ISR 131403. Cart Gap 27th November 2003, 15th December 2006, 18th - 20th January 2008. Happisburgh 17th January 2008. Ringed as an adult female at A-Huna, Iceland on 25th July 2000.

'CGJPF' GBT 139713?. Happisburgh 23rd October 2006. Ringed as an adult male at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire on 26th October 2003.

'CGLCZ' ISR 130949. Happisburgh 28th October 2006. Ringed as an adult male adult male Arness, Iceland on 29th July 2000.

'CGCCI' GBT1361945. Cart Gap 15th December 2006, 19th January 2008. Ringed as an adult at Blackburn, Aberdeenshire on 6th April 2002.

'CGFIY' ISR 129656. Happisburgh 14th January 2008, Cart Gap 16th - 21st January 2008. Ringed as an adult female at Arness, Iceland on 30th July 1999. She was again seen on 29th December 2012 just over the parish boundary in Ridlington.

'CGCFX' . Cart Gap 19th - 20th January 2008. Ringed as an adult male at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire on 26th October 2003.

'CGLCT' ISR 132013. Eccles-on-Sea 16th November 2011. Ringed as an adult male at Oddkelsalda, Thjorsarver, Arness,  Iceland on 27th July 2000.

'CGLNV' GBT1397314. Walcott 28th November 2011. Ringed as an adult at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire on 2nd April 2006. Paired with 'CGLSK'.

'CGLSK' GBT1397343. Walcott  28th November 2011. Ringed as an adult at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire on 2nd April 2006. Paired with 'CGLNV'.

Pink-footed Geese flighting in to feed
on sugar beet tops, Happisburgh ~ 24.12.2011

White-fronted Goose ~ an irregular visitor, usually within flocks of Pink-footed Geese.

White-fronted Geese, Cart Gap ~ 23.01.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Greylag Goose ~ although very common in Broadland it remains rather scarce in the parish. Birds that do turn up are usually seen within larger flocks of Pink-footed Geese and are likely to be from further afield than the chiefly resident Broadland population.

Lesser Snow Goose ~ an adult white morph (of unknown origin) flew SE over the garden within a flock of Pink-footed Geese at 11:15 on 7th October 2007. Not included in total.

Ross’ Goose ~ an adult white morph (of unknown origin) was in fields east of the lighthouse with Pink-footed Geese on at least 16th & 19th January 2008. It or another flew NW over the garden again with Pink-feet at 08:40 on 24th February 2009.
Not included in total.

Ross's Goose with Pink-footed Geese, Cart Gap ~ 19.01.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Canada Goose ~ again, very common in Broadland but a rather scarce visitor to the parish.

Barnacle Goose ~ occasionally encountered, especially during influxes of 'grey' Geese. Such records are likely to be wild Barnacles rather than wanderers from the feral populations in East Anglia.

Barnacle Geese with Pink-footed Geese, Cart Gap ~ 13.01.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Barnacle Goose family party, Eccles ~ 16.11.2011
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Brent Goose ~ a regular passage migrant with some occasionally stopping off to linger on fields of Winter sown cereals. Birds are almost always of the dark-bellied form 'bernicla', the pale-bellied form 'hrota' being much more scarce in this part of the UK.

Egyptian Goose ~ rather scarce away from their usual areas of residence. A flock of 7 flying south over the garden early morning on 30th October 2007 was a bit unexpected.


Mandarin ~ two have been recorded passing Walcott; one flew south on 25th April 2008 (Norfolk Bird Report 2008) and a drake flew west on 6th October 2012.








Tufted Duck



Common Scoter

Velvet Scoter


Red-breasted Merganser


Red-legged Partridge

Grey Partridge ~ formerly common throughout Norfolk this species has become increasingly scarce in recent years. 

Grey Partridge, male, Happisburgh ~ 27.03.2016

Quail ~ a scarce Summer visitor.


Golden Pheasant ~ a dark-throated male (of highly suspect origin!) is occasionally seen in the village. Not included in total.

Red-throated Diver

Black-throated Diver

Great Northern Diver

White-billed Diver ~ one seen flying past Walcott on 6th November 2007.

Black-browed Albatross ~ extremely rare visitors to the Northern Hemisphere. Following the passing close inshore of an immature along the Yorkshire coast on 5th October 2016 news was quickly released of presumably the same bird heading east past Cley at 3:35pm the following day. Although missed at some watch points, other lucky observers managed to connect with it at Cromer and Overstrand and it was watched cruising east at c.1½ miles range from the cliffs at Happisburgh at 4:45pm..

Black-browed Albatross, Happisburgh ~ 06.10.2016

An unidentified Albatross was seen passing offshore 9th November 1986; the record is still in circulation with the British Birds Rarities Committee.


Fulmar, Happisburgh ~ 30.05.2016

Fulmar, Happisburgh ~ 30.05.2016

Sooty Shearwater

Manx Shearwater

Balearic Shearwater ~ occasional offshore summer/autumn visitor. There are perhaps less than 3,000 pairs of this endangered Mediterranean species in the world.

Leach’s Petrel ~ occasional offshore autumn visitor during strong onshore winds.



Shag ~ as part of an influx into NE Norfolk 23 - including a flock of 19 - and 18 were seen flying north on 30th October and 6th November 2011 respectively. It seems these birds were using the Sea Palling/Waxham reefs as a roost site.

Juvenile Shag with Herring Gulls, Happisburgh ~ 21.10.2011

White Pelican ~ an individual soaring to the south of the village October 2002 was seen at several sites in the east of England and was considered to be an escape. Not included in total.

Little Egret ~ an increasingly regular visitor to the parish.

Grey Heron

Glossy Ibis ~ a rare visitor from southern Europe. A party of four were tracked eastwards along the Norfolk coast 18th October 2013 and passed south-east over Happisburgh before appearing to turn inland over Waxham.

Little Grebe ~ common throughout the UK but scarce at sea. One was seen close inshore on 8th November 2010.

Great Crested Grebe ~ occasionally seen offshore.

Red-necked Grebe ~ a scarce visitor.

Honey-buzzard ~ a very scarce passage migrant.

Black Kite ~ a rare vagrant/migrant. One passed through 27th April 2003.

Red Kite ~ a rare passage visitor. Some birds may be of genuine wild stock, others undoubtedly are derived from reintroduced birds.

Red Kite, Happisburgh ~ 20.08.2016

White-tailed Eagle ~ a first-winter bird which appeared at Snettisham RSPB on 27th October 1990, then relocating to Hickling from 30th November to 2nd December, was seen in the parish on 14th December 1990 (The Birds of Norfolk 1999)

Marsh Harrier ~ regularly seen throughout the year.

Male Marsh Harrier photographed at Cley NWT, Norfolk.

Hen Harrier


Common Buzzard

Rough-legged Buzzard ~ a scarce passage/winter visitor.

Osprey ~ a very scarce passage migrant. Individuals often make quite lengthy stopovers at the larger lakes and broads in E Norfolk.

Kestrel, Happisburgh ~ 14.09.2014

Red-footed Falcon ~ a rare vagrant. Females seen 14th May 1992 and 19th May 2007


Hobby ~ an increasingly common summer visitor.

Peregrine ~ a fairly regular winter visitor, occasionally seen in summer.

Water Rail ~ one found dead on our drive 17th November 2008 had either been caught by the cat or had struck overhead cables. Another was found dead under overhead cables along the Coastwatch track on 30th October 2014. Otherwise the species is probably a mostly undetected passage migrant and winter visitor.


Common Crane ~ despite a healthy population just a few miles to the south and regular birds seen coasting each Spring, I didn't see my first Crane in the parish until 16th November 2011 when an adult flew low SE just south of Cart Gap. It transpired that this bird had earlier been in a field at East Ruston until spooked by a light aircraft. This individual was probably a 'fresh in' European migrant, part of the recent influx of new birds into the UK and will hopefully provide some new blood to the Broadland population.


Avocet ~ Three flew west on 4th May 1983. Another was seen 9th November 2010 and three flew north with Shelduck (!) on 6th November 2011.

Stone Curlew ~ a scarce coastal migrant that breeds in the Breckland of south-west Norfolk. One was in the large field south of Upton Way during the afternoon and evening of 16th April 2011. It had been colour ringed, details to follow.

Stone Curlew, Happisburgh ~ 16.04.2011

Ringed Plover ~ passage migrant, winter visitor in small numbers and an occasional breeder.

Ringed Plover, Bacton ~ 09.08.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Ringed Plover, Happisburgh ~ 22.05.2016

Dotterel ~ a scarce passage migrant. The fields in the Happisburgh area have historically been favoured as stop off posts by Dotterel.

Golden Plover

Grey Plover



Knot, Happisburgh ~ 08.05.2016

Sanderling ~ most familiar at Walcott on the beach and seawall.

Sanderling, Bacton ~ 09.08.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Sanderling, Happisburgh ~ 11.05.2016

Little Stint ~ no doubt regular on passage but rarely seen, they have occasionally turned up in flooded fields.

Curlew Sandpiper ~ one flew in from the sea with 7 Curlew and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits 4th September 2011.

Purple Sandpiper ~ a winter visitor sometimes seen flying past or in small numbers along the seafront at Walcott.

Purple Sandpiper, Walcott ~ 23.12.2009
Photo by Bob Cobbold


Buff-breasted Sandpiper ~ a rare vagrant. A juvenile with Ringed Plovers on the lighthouse field 25th - 30th September 2007 . Another juvenile was on the same field 28th September 2012.


Jack Snipe ~ a scarce passage migrant and winter visitor, probably often overlooked.

Jack Snipe, Happisburgh ~ 06.10.2016



Bar-tailed Godwit ~ a colour-ringed bird was recorded on the beach at Happisburgh as follows...

C-rings 'Y7RYYB'. Happisburgh 26th April 2009. Colour-ringed as an adult at Vinkenbaan, Castricum, Netherlands on 5th May 2005. Google Map - http://g.co/maps/xzmp9

Bar-tailed Godwit, Happisburgh ~ 11.09.2011


Whimbrel, Happisburgh ~ 02.05.2016


Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpipers, Happisburgh ~ 05.05.2016

Green Sandpiper


Wood Sandpiper



Grey Phalarope ~ a scarce autumn/winter visitor to the county.

Pomarine Skua

Arctic Skua

Arctic Skua, Happisburgh ~ 10.09.2011

Long-tailed Skua ~ the scarcest of the four Skuas in Norfolk.

Great Skua

Sabine's Gull  ~ a scarce autumn passage visitor to Norfolk. A juvenile flew north on 2nd November 2008.

Kittiwakes, Walcott ~ 28.07.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Black-headed Gull ~ ringed birds have been recorded within the parish as follows...

'VOGELTREK ARNHEM HOLLAND 3.656.031'. Walcott on 23rd October 2011 - 4th March 2012. Ringed as a 3y+ at Harlingen, Friesland, NL (53°10'N 5°25'E) on 15th July 2008. It was noted again on  its favourite section of the seawall on 12th December 2012. Google Map - http://g.co/maps/vjhkw

Dutch ringed Black-headed Gull 'VOGELTREK ARNHEM HOLLAND 3.656.031'

'MOSKVA MA044287'. Walcott on 21st January 2012. Ringed as a pullus at Kandalakshskiy Zapovednik, Murmanskaya Oblast, USSR (66°42'N 33°52'E) on 27th June 2010. Google Map - http://g.co/maps/ab9yb

Little Gull

Little Gull, Happisburgh ~ 20.10.2015

Laughing Gull ~ a rare vagrant. A 1st winter bird was first seen at Walcott on 25th December 1991 and remained in the general area until 8th January 1992. It constituted the first record for Norfolk.

Mediterranean Gull ~ most regularly seen at Walcott seafront. Up to 4 have been seen together.

First winter Mediterranean Gull, Happisburgh ~ 11.10.2011

Adult Mediterranean Gull, Walcott ~ 01.12.2007

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull ~ ringed birds have been recorded within the parish as follows...

Yellow c-ring '2N3B' - GF57126. Walcott 24th April 2011, 20th May - 20th October 2011 (5 sightings), 3rd - 6th February 2012. Ringed as a 2nd calendar year bird (hatched 2010) at Blackborough Tip, King's Lynn, Norfolk on 19th March 2011. Google Map - http://g.co/maps/8b4kj

UK ringed Herring Gull 'YELLOW 2N3B'  GF57126

Red c-ring 'VAU' - GR36557. Happisburgh 30th September 2011, 13th October 2011. Ringed as a pullus at Havergate Island, Orford, Suffolk on 3rd July 2011. Google Map - http://g.co/maps/64rvg

Red c-ring 'ZKD' - Walcott 8th September 2013. Ringed as a chick at Felixstowe on ?? July 2013.

Yellow c-ring '6Y5B' - GV08177. Walcott 23rd November 2015. Ringed at Great Yarmouth on 22nd November 2015.

 UK ringed Herring Gull 'YELLOW 6Y5B' GV08177

Orange c-ring 'D8RT' - GV33785. Happisburgh 23rd March 2016.

UK ringed Herring Gull 'ORANGE D8RT' GV33785

Yellow-legged Gull

Glaucous Gull

Great Black-backed Gull ~ c-ringed birds have been recorded in the parish as follows...

Black c-ring 'JP261' - 3031711. Happisburgh 26th October 2014. Ringed as a chick at Buanskjeran i Remesfjorden, Lindesnes, Vest-Agder, Norway (58°02'34"N 007°11'33"E) on 6th July 2011. It was again present on 15th November 2015. Google map - https://goo.gl/t23QFX

Norwegian c-ringed Great Black-backed Gull 'JP261', Happisburgh ~ 26.10.2014

Black c-ring 'JP924' - 3032024. Happisburgh 15th November 2015. Ringed as a nestling at Lauholmen Båly, Lindesnes, Vest-Agder, Norway (58°02'10"N 007°09'08"E) on 5th July 2012. Google map - https://goo.gl/gVCjxZ

Norwegian c-ringed Great Black-backed Gull 'JP924', Happisburgh ~ 15.11.2015

Little Tern
 Little Tern, Happisburgh ~ 11.07.2016

Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern ~ a rare vagrant. One was seen by Keith Bailey on 3rd September 1980.

Sandwich Tern

Lesser Crested Tern ~ a very rare vagrant. An adult was off the end of the Beach road 17th July 2005; it was seen at various sites along the north and north-east Norfolk coasts between 16th - 20th July.

Elegant Tern ~ 20th June 2002. An 'orange-billed' Tern present just south of the village was considered by some observers to possess characteristics of this American species and was submitted to the appropriate records committees as such. Not included in total.

Common Tern ~ one on 17th November 2011 was rather late.

Roseate Tern ~ a rare summer visitor. Probably the UK's rarest breeding seabird.

Common, Sandwich and Roseate Terns, Walcott ~ 24.07.2008
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Arctic Tern



Black Guillemot ~ a very scarce passage migrant and winter visitor.

Little Auk ~ a late autumn visitor in varying numbers usually in periods of strong northerly winds.


Stock Dove


Collared Dove

Turtle Dove

Great Spotted Cuckoo ~ a rare vagrant. One at Cart Gap 31st March 1999 was previously seen at Horsey and Waxham.


Barn Owl

Little Owl

Little Owl, Witton ~ 16.05.2016

Tawny Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Nightjar ~ one on 25th September 2001. It or another was picked up dead as a road casualty at Bacton three days later (Norfolk Bird Report 2001).


Pallid Swift ~ a very rare vagrant. Singles seen 25th October 1999 and 26th October 2013.

Kingfisher ~ one was seen briefly sitting on railings at the paddocks near Laurel Lodge on 11th August and again nearby on 26th September 2008.

Hoopoe ~ a rare spring or autumn vagrant, the most recent was at Holly Farm in October 2005.

Wryneck ~ very rare in spring, less so in autumn but still an uncommon visitor.

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Golden Oriole ~ a juvenile or female 3rd October 2011 (Norfolk Bird Report 2011).

Red-backed Shrike ~ a scarce passage migrant, chiefly in autumn.

Great Grey Shrike ~ a scarce passage migrant and winter visitor.

Great Grey Shrike, Walcott ~ 17.10.2015

Woodchat Shrike ~ a rare passage migrant to the UK, chiefly in Spring. One was seen by local farmer and naturalist Murray Ferguson 19th May 1965.



Jay, Ebridge Mill ~ 15.09.2014



Carrion Crow

Hooded Crow ~ a scarce visitor, mainly on passage.

Raven ~ a very scarce visitor to Norfolk, one was seen soaring to the NW from the garden early afternoon 10th April 2009.


Goldcrest, Happisburgh ~ 13.10.2014

Firecrest ~ a scarce passage migrant.

Firecrest, Happisburgh ~ 30.09.2013

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Marsh Tit

Woodlark ~ a scarce passage migrant.


Shorelark ~ a scarce passage visitor mostly in autumn/winter, occasionally in spring.

Sand Martin


House Martin

Red-rumped Swallow ~ a scarce passage migrant. One was seen on 11th November 1987.

Long-tailed Tit

Greenish Warbler ~ a rare vagrant. Singles seen 2nd-3rd September 1995, 25th August 2007 and 22nd August 2011.

Pallas’s Warbler ~ a rare autumn vagrant. The late Mary Unsworth trapped and ringed single birds at Cart Gap in the late Autumns of 1974, 1975, 1984 and 1985.

Pallas's Warbler, Happisburgh ~ 09.10.2016

Yellow-browed Warbler ~ a regular autumn vagrant.

Yellow-browed Warbler, Happisburgh ~ 12.10.2014

Yellow-browed Warbler, Happisburgh ~ 12-13.11.2011
Videograb by Keith Bailey.

Radde’s Warbler ~ a rare autumn vagrant. Singles have been seen in the old beach road hedge 12th October 1991, in hedges behind St. Mary’s House 26th September 2001 and in the churchyard mid afternoon 25th October 2013.

Dusky Warbler ~ a rare autumn vagrant. One was trapped and ringed by the late Mary Unsworth at Cart Gap 3rd November 1982. Also recorded in the hedge behind St. Mary’s 7th - 11th November 1987.

Western Bonelli's Warbler ~ a very rare vagrant. One was found by Richard Moores in the hedge at the cricket field on 25th August 2013 representing the 12th county record. It was relocated during the evening at the west end of the churchyard where it frequented the Ash belt, mostly staying very high up and tricky to see.

Western Bonelli's Warbler, Happisburgh ~ 25.08.2013

Wood Warbler ~ a very scarce Spring and Autumn migrant.

Chiffchaff, Happisburgh ~ 23.09.2011

Willow Warbler


Blackcap, Happisburgh ~ 30.05.2016

Garden Warbler

Barred Warbler ~ a scarce Autumn migrant. A rather late individual was in the Coastwatch track Sallows with  4 Blackcaps on 30th October 2014.

Barred Warbler, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire ~ 05.09.2014

Lesser Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat, Happisburgh ~ 02.05.2016


Dartford Warbler ~ aside from a few resident birds at a couple of sites in the county, this remains a very scarce bird in Norfolk. Whilst trying to obtain views of an uncooperative (Reed) Bunting in sugar beet on 28th October 2012 a Dartford Warbler was flushed and seen several times in flight.

Grasshopper Warbler

Icterine Warbler a very scarce migrant, chiefly in Autumn.

Melodious Warbler ~ an extremely rare bird in the county, one was found in the belt of trees by the cricket pitch 8th November 2011. It later moved into the garden of 'Thatchers' where it was added to the Norfolk list's of many county listers. It remained until 10th November.

Melodious Warbler, Happisburgh ~ 8 - 10.11.2011
Photo by Rob Martin (Punkbirder)

Sedge Warbler

Marsh Warbler ~ one was close to Beach Road 29th September- 6th October 2010.

Reed Warbler


Treecreeper ~ status unknown. May breed and probably occurs as a winter visitor. Any information on this species in the parish would be most welcome.



Rose-coloured Starling ~ a rare visitor. An adult at Grub Street, June 2001.

Ring Ouzel



Song Thrush


Mistle Thrush

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher, Happisburgh ~ 18.09.2014

Robin, Happisburgh ~ 15.10.2016

Red-flanked Bluetail ~ an increasingly occurring rare passage migrant to the UK, chiefly in Autumn. A first-winter was found by Jim Bradley at the end of the lane by the paddocks at Whimpwell Green during the afternoon of 13th October 2013. It remained to the following day and was enjoyed by many birders.

Red-flanked Bluetail, Happisburgh ~ 13.10.2013

Nightingale ~ a singing male stopped off in some thorn scrub April 11th 2011.

Bluethroat ~ a rare passage visitor, formerly more regular.

Red-breasted Flycatcher ~ a scarce autumn vagrant. One or two were trapped and ringed by the late Mary Unsworth who visited Cart Gap each spring and autumn for many years in the 1970's, 1980's and early 1990's. 
Red-breasted Flycatcher, Happisburgh ~ 05.10.2016

Pied Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher, Happisburgh ~ 07.09.2014

Black Redstart
Black Redstart, Happisburgh ~ 10.11.2011
Photo by Bob Cobbold

Black Redstart, Happisburgh ~ 14.10.2013


Redstart, Happisburgh ~ 30.09.2011

Whinchat ~ an irregular passage migrant. A pair summered in the parish in 1990 (The Birds of Norfolk 1999). An exceptionally late bird was present on 8th December 2013.

Whinchat, Happisburgh ~ 18.09.2014

Stonechat ~ a regular passage migrant and occasional winter visitor. A pair successfully raised young in May 2016. One of the Siberian race maura or stejnegeri on 27th-28th October 1991.

Female Stonechat, Happisburgh ~ 01.11.2014

Male Stonechat with fledgling, Happisburgh ~ May 2016

Wheatear, Happisburgh ~ 07.09.2013

Aberrant Wheatear, Happisburgh ~ 13.09.2014

Black-eared Wheatear a female of the eastern race 'melanoleuca' was found at Doggett's Lane early morning on 28th May 2016 by James Gilroy. As such, it constitutes the first county record of this form. It frequented the sea wall and gardens but had disappeared before other would be observers arrived. A female had been present on the German island of Helgoland prior to the discovery of the Happisburgh bird and it is reasonably supposed that both records relate to the same bird. The following photos are some of those taken during this exciting encounter and have kindly been provided by James for inclusion here.

Black-eared Wheatear, Happisburgh ~ 28.05.2016 (© Dr. James Gilroy)


House Sparrow

Tree Sparrow ~ formerly common, now very scarce. Any information on this species in the parish would be most welcome.

Yellow Wagtail ~ a passage migrant and irregular breeder on farmland. 50+ near the lighthouse mid-May 1992 included racial variants known as Grey-headed (Scandinavia) and Blue-headed Wagtail (Central Europe).

Yellow Wagtail, Happisburgh ~ 07.05.2015

Yellow Wagtail, Happisburgh ~ 26.05.2016

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail, Happisburgh ~ 12.10.2015

Pied Wagtail a common resident, probably breeding, passage migrant and winter visitor. The nominate race alba from mainland Europe, White Wagtail, occurs in small numbers chiefly on Spring passage.

White Wagtail, Happisburgh ~ 27.03.2016

Richard’s Pipit ~ a rare autumn vagrant.

Richard's Pipit, Happisburgh ~ 19.11.2012

Blyth’s Pipit ~ a very rare vagrant. One in fields by the lighthouse 25th - 28th September 1999 was the 2nd record for Norfolk.

Olive-backed Pipit ~ a rare vagrant most regularly recorded in the northern isles of the UK. One was picked up on call before being seen to land on the roof of 'The Hill House' pub late in the afternoon of 22nd October 2012. It soon flew towards the school but was not seen subsequently. What was probably another, or perhaps a Tree Pipit, was heard to call twice as it overflew the cricket pavilion towards the village at 5:40pm on 25th October 2012.

Tree Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Red-throated Pipit ~ a rare passage visitor. An unprecedented 3+ birds were present with 50+ Yellow Wagtails near the lighthouse 14th-18th May 1992. Singing was observed.

Rock Pipit ~ irregular passage migrant and winter visitor to the clifftops. Most records probably refer to the Scandinavian race littoralis.

Water Pipit ~ a scarce passage and winter visitor to the county, more usually associating with freshwater or coastal marsh. Two were seen on the undercliff at the end of Beach Road 31st October 2015 with presumably one of the same seen again 15th November.

Water Pipit, Happisburgh ~ 31.10.2015 Richard Moores)

Water Pipit, Happisburgh ~ 15.11.2015


Brambling, Happisburgh ~ 15.10.2016


Serin ~ single fly-overs were noted on 16th April 2013, 3rd May 2014 and 7th May 2015.




Twite ~ a scarce winter visitor/passage migrant. A flock of up to 19 which fed along the cliff face just south of the village during December 2011 - January 2012 was exceptional. A colour-ringed bird seen during April 2015 had been marked at Machrihanish Bird Observatory on the west coast of Scotland. Unfortunately, the code could not be discerned so exact details remain unknown.

Twite, Happisburgh ~ 14.12.2011

Lesser Redpoll

Mealy Redpoll

Common Crossbill


Snow Bunting ~ a winter visitor to coastal fields, beaches and sand dunes.

Snow Buntings, Happisburgh ~ 14.12.2011

Snow Bunting, Happisburgh ~ 20.10.2013

Lapland Bunting ~ an autumn passage migrant and winter visitor, usually in small numbers.

Lapland Bunting, Happisburgh ~ 20.03.2011


Ortolan Bunting ~ a very rare spring and autumn vagrant.

Rustic Bunting ~ a female was briefly at the Coastwatch on 30th May 2014.

Little Bunting ~ one was seen briefly at the clifftop end of the hedge along Beach Road on 6th October 2015.

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting, Happisburgh ~ 25.10.2015

Corn Bunting ~ formerly a common breeder, now rather scarce. Any information on this species in the parish would be most welcome.