Monday January 31
We'd decided not to go out to-day as it will be a long day to-morrow. Getting up to a beautiful sunny day, it wasn't long before Pam suggested a trip to Cley Centre cafe. We both love the view from there, Pam wishes that home had something similar.
At my instigation we drove via Felbrigg. The main coast road between Antingham and Cromer is closed for ? weeks (that's what the notices say!). Our chosen detour is the minor road past Gunton - first left at the first closure notice.
The main gates to Felbrigg are also closed, the work on the new pillars still incomplete. On the offchance that access was allowed from the back entrance, we drove that way and, found that it was. As soon as we parked, a Little Owl was visible, hunched on a branch in it's nesthole tree. The sun had indeed brought it out.
Luckily, two people vacated seats at the window whilst Pam was ordering the coffee, their seats didn't get cold.
I was busily scanning the narsh when I became aware that someone was talking to me. Our near neighbours, Jackie and Colin, who were on the reserve for the day. I can often be oblivious to all around me and Colin's greeting wasn't his first. They're very keen but, not knowledgeable so we tried to help them out a bit with ID info on American Wigeon and Brent Geese in flight etc.
As we left the car park our first (!) Song Thrush flew across the road. Not a vintage January, 131 birds in total, all but one in Norfolk though.
Early start to-morrow, must clean up Robbie's sick and go to bed.