Thursday, 13 February 2014

Bits and Pieces

Thursday February 13

Long time no Blog.
Much of the country is under water, the latest downpour the result of a hurricane wreaking damage to the north coast of Wales and north west England. Gusts of 108 mph recorded on the Lleyn Peninsula. Aberystwyth hasn't recovered from the previous storm. Much of Somerset and parts of Cornwall are flooded, many people evacuated from their homes and without electricity. The railway has been destroyed  in the Dawlish area, cutting off Cornwall.  Political bigwigs have been pictured standing in water wearing newly purchased posh wellies! Prince Charles got there first wearing used wellies.
The Thames valley is also under water, flooding out the homes of many 'stars'.
Here? More rain than usual and the occasional stormy day but nothing untoward. Lucky. The ground is saturated and ditches overflowing, so what. Permanently dirty car, that's what. Big deal.
We got up to sun this morning and thought we'd do some birding whilst it lasted, rain was forecast. It's been dry and sunny all day, we could have gone further afield. We've made the odd short sortie to Winterton, picking up the odd month tick and an abortive attempt to see a lone Waxwing in Yarmouth. To-day it was Buckenham Marshes, a favourite.Shame that there was a team of workers on the marsh doing who knows what. It wasn't obvious. They seemed to be just marching about disturbing the birds. Despite this, we saw 70+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 2 Little Egrets, 5 Ruff, a host of Canada geese, fewer Wigeon and Teal, Lapwing and Golden Plover than usual (men!), 6 Skylarks and a pair of Marsh Harriers.
The highlight was Mill Common Road on the way home from Walcott PO. A female Merlin flew low over a roadside ploughed field, both a similar brown.
We hope to go to Sculthorpe to-morrow.......fingers crossed.

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