Sunday, 7 April 2013

At Last - Another Migrant

Sunday April 7

Fantastic overnight frost, the garden and all the trees were white. It didn't last long as we had a sunny day. The sun is warm enough to need the sun lounge double doors open to cool the lemon trees and warm up the living room.
Maybe a few migrants had arrived at last? We drove to Cley and Pam tried the Iron Road where we often see early Whimbrel. As we turned in, we heard the single call note of a Chiffchaff. There it was, leaving a bramble bush and working its way along the bottom of the reeds edging the dyke. A good omen? No !! Despite searching Salthouse and Cley Eye field for Wheatears - or anything really - nothing was found. We still had a NE wind so it isn't surprising.
Walking on the heath in search of Woodlarks and Dartford Warblers - they breed here - was fruitless. Apart from Chaffinch and Robin we saw/heard no birds at all. Very quiet, we agreed with another birder.
Any Sand Martins at Gunton ? No, nor Grey Wagtail either. I've never taken photos here so remedied that. The lake itself is not photogenic.......

But the old, historic, water powered sawmill is. It's kept in reasonable condition and does some active work on Open Days a couple of times a year.

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