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A foggy finish

Well here we are – the 365th post! When I had the idea for this blog back in December of last year I thought that we would only write something on a day when we saw new or interesting wildlife, but quite quickly it seemed like a good idea to do a post every day. …

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A skein at Skene

The weather was not great today, but we did manage a short walk at Loch Skene, about 10 miles south of Inverurie. It was a Loch we hadn’t visited before, and I had seen various reports of snow goose being seen there. We did see a skein of pink-footed geese fly over, but no signs …

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Back to where we started

Today we completed our journey to Waulkmill, where we had been when we started this blog on January 1st. It seems fitting to end up back in Scotland and I have to say that I’m excited that in 2025 we’ll be up here more permanently (though keeping a base in East Anglia too) and will …

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The birds that got away

Today we headed away from Wells on our way to Scotland – where we started this blog 362 days ago! We’re stopping the night at Gretna Green on the Scottish border and heading up the remaining way to our house near Insch tomorrow. On the journey I was musing about the birds I hadn’t seen, …

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No more moths

Looking back over the beginning of this year I had forgotten how long it was before we saw our first moth: Plenty of jokes about it at the time! Brenda remarked this evening that we had finally got to the end of the moth year. There has been nothing in the moth trap over the …

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Christmas crowds at the beach

We went for a family walk on Holkham beach today: It was very busy but luckily it’s a large enough area to absorb a lot of people! The disturbance was, though, evident in the lack of waders on the beach. Any self-respecting wader had most likely relocated to a remote part of the coast well …

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Happy Christmas!

Brenda was understandably busy today (at least until early afternoon) as she has been for most of December! I managed a short walk at the pools east of Wells, but didn’t see anything of note, though I always enjoy visiting as you never really know what might be there. We did play a family game …

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Time for the flowers

Brenda writes: “Steve asked me to do my 10 favourite flowers. How to choose? I think it has to be the smile factor so here goes… Yarrow. It’s a tough cooky that is still hanging on as the year ends. Bee orchid. I never ever thought I’d have bee orchids growing in my back garden …

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Pintail at Titchwell

I managed a short visit to Titchwell today – possibly the last time I’ll get there this year. It was mild and dry but fairly windy. There were plenty of Brent geese around and some lovely views of pintail. I also saw a good number of waders including redshank, curlew, sanderling, black-tailed godwit, oystercatcher, dunlin …

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Into single figures

Today’s wildlife sightings were as I was driving to King’s Lynn and back to pick up our son Chris, who’s coming to us for Christmas. Unsurprisingly I saw buzzard, red kite and kestrel on the way there, and – on the way back – a stoat ran across the road in front of us; only …

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