Thursday February 8
In the middle of what turned out to be an extremely hectic week - two visits to the NNUH in 24 hours, retinal bleed in left eye - the sun was out, we drove to Horsey.
Room in THE layby south of Horsey Mill, from which I scanned the fields. A flock of grazing Pinkfeet, a few Lapwings and Golden Plover. A dangerously low turboprop plane overhead caused all birds to take flight, anuisance to all.
A little further on, I asked Pam to stop at the roadside in order to view - again - the 100 + Mute Swans on the east side of the road to-day. YES . Very distant, it was worth getting the scope out to see a pair of Common Cranes feeding, silhouetted against the line of reeds below the dark green of a coniferous belt.
Ridiculous photo........they're centre back !
Deciding not to drive as far as Winterton beach, we turned for home when Pam spotted a movement on the dung heap opposite Waxham Great Barn. We returned to investigate, finding our first Grey Wagtail of the year tripping daintily through the liquid effluent run-off from the heap. Beauty and the Beast.