Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday stroll

Fairly lazy weekend on the birding front, but good reason for that as I will explain. Popped to Wheatfen after lunch today and the resident birds were making themselves heard, including Great-spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Treecreeper. I almost walked into a Water Deer, who was grazing on the track near the small lagoons. In the woodland, Bullfinch called but remained elusive. A female Reed Bunting showed herself nicely through a gap in the scrub.
A scan from Claxton Marshes allowed me to add to species to the list that were entirely absent last year. 3 Ruff could be seen on the marsh, as well as 3+ Dunlin! 17 Shelduck were new in, and 2 Peregrine were assuming the usual fence post vigil. On the Claxton side, female Marsh Harrier and Kestrel surveyed the marsh. Heading to the car, the breeze had encouraged a Buzzard to take to the skies.
I finished up at Church Marsh in the hope of the ringtail. Again no luck there, but I did enjoy Song Thrush in song and the over-wintering Wigeon on the small lake.
So, although not much birding done I have been busy. For a while now Debs and I have been looking to move out of Norwich, and we have been patient in our search for a new property. Yesterday we finally found the right place for us, and it is in Surlingham! This has not really sunk in yet, and the next few weeks will be pretty hectic. Living on the patch, I'll take that.


  1. Great news Jim, I'm pleased for you both. Hope it all runs smoothly...

  2. Thanks James. Smoothly would be ideal, but I will have to focus on those pre-breakfast walks on the marsh whilst packing!