Friday, 6 August 2010

Norfolk Holiday

Just returned from an excellent week in Norfolk.

Spent time every day building up a list of birds heard or seen from the garden of our rented country cottage. The final list for the week was 44.

Highlights included the several times daily visits from two Barn Owls that quartered the wet meadow behind the cottage in broad daylight. Both birds had very much paler backs than I have seen before and both had similar patchy dark markings, one being marginally darker than the other. They were catching prey and taking it back to the same (out of view) location, presumably to feed a family.

Interesting highs and lows for the list were a fly over by a Hobby and a complete absence of House Sparrows and Dunnocks. Over a year I reckon that this garden would have a list comfortably over 60.

A short trip to Cley (great place) produced three Marsh Harriers, Spotted Redshank, loads of Avocets, Greenshanks, Green Sandpiper and all the other usual marshland suspects; all within 20 minutes. A Stoat and two Water Voles added to the entertainment.

Oh well! back to the daily grind tomorrow.
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