Monday, 3 December 2012

Notes from the patch

Not a great deal to blog about dear reader, but at the moment it is the comings and goings I am revelling in.

For real quality, look no further than our Common Cranes. Debs and I were treated to 3, then more distantly 16, of the broadland birds a couple of weeks back. Surprisingly, these were the first Cranes she had seen in Norfolk (but reminded me of the Estonian birds that seemed a lot more friendly). Perhaps the Estonian birds are more approachable. Despite their wariness,  I do worry for our small population here in Norfolk. It will be interesting to see how many roost this Winter; will we see a flock of 40?
Also in the broads, we had a Short-eared Owl in near darkness on the way home.
I have not yet pinned one of these down on or at least closer to the patch. I have been staking out Langley Marshes for the last 3 weekends, but so far have only had the resident Barn Owls. I did catch a glimpse of a Tawny on the drive home, not an easy bird to see despite their widespread distribution and lack of fussiness when it comes to choosing somewhere to live.
Down at Church Marsh, a territorial Kingfisher chased another bird away from its favourite dyke last week, no sign of any yesterday. Of note was 1/2 Yellowhammer amongst a mixed finch flock, the other birds being Reed Bunting (out of place there) and Chaffinch.
I have been following with great interest the evening commute over our fine city. On a full moon, there appears to have been a steady flow of Pink-feet over my house for the last week or maybe 2. This usually occurs between 8 and 10pm. Furthermore, c3 Redshank were calling to each other in the black, around 5.30 when I returned from work one evening last week.

To end, some wintry pictures.



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