November 2023

Fieldfare in a tree

My walk today was from a track off the coast road near Burnham Overy Staithe, where Brenda dropped me off on her way to a meeting, over the dunes and then through the pines, where I met Brenda coming from the other direction after her meeting, and on to Lady Anne’s Drive! The fields to …

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Curlew galore

At just after 2pm today I managed a walk in Wells, heading down a path just west of the town to the pinewoods. This skirts some flooded fields and also some ploughed ones. There were a small group of grey partridges and a lot of lapwings. Nearer to the coast were small groups of geese. …

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Once more unto the beach…

With sunny weather we popped over to Titchwell mid-afternoon, with a couple of hours of daylight left. Almost our first bird was a water rail that I spotted in the ditch near the visitor centre – just where we had seen a couple earlier in the year. Rallus aquaticus has definitely been one of the …

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Rain stopped play

Today it rained all day! There has been so much rain over the last few weeks that the ground is saturated and it’s been noticeable how places that I visit regularly along the coast are much more waterlogged than usual. I guess these things go in cycles to a degree, but it’s concerning – in …

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A dove at Cley

This morning I headed out to Cley for a walk along the East Bank. The weather was cold and overcast, but dry, with very little wind. This made it a bit easier to look for bearded tits, but I only glimpsed one – though I did hear several more calling. The surprise bird of the …

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Raptor ramblings

As I was driving back from a trip to Cambridge today I was musing about the number of birds of prey that I see. Birding as a teenager in Oxfordshire it was quite rare to see a buzzard: When I saw one at my local reservoir in Banbury I think several local birdwatchers thought I …

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Catkins before Christmas

Brenda writes: “Despite the wind again this week, a couple dry days allowed me to do some gardening. Whilst some clearing and mowing has to be done (not to mention digging out of ragwort and dandelion from the grass) I am much more aware of leaving potential food sources or winter hideaways alone, and do …

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Still diving

Mid-afternoon today I went down to the beach at Wells again, and looked around the area of the outer harbour and lifeboat station. To my delight the juvenile red-throated diver was still around and I was able to get some reasonably close photos. It was pretty well high tide whilst I was there, and very …

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Quiet contemplation

With neither of us able to get out for a walk today, and with no moths in the moth trap, it was a bit of a wildlife non-event! But I was quietly contemplating today about how great it’s been – as we near the end of the year – to have a sustained period where …

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Fungi at Holkham

Today Brenda and I had a walk at Lady Anne’s Drive. Looking over the flooded field areas we saw a solitary great egret and a couple of red kites, plus the usual very large numbers of wigeon and teal. We headed for the beach and then straight out to the shoreline. There were sanderling skittering …

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