Friday, 20 January 2017

Don't Trust the Forecast

Friday January 20

Daile brought my PC back last night plus the necessary new monitor. At least the hard drive also had a service and the layers of dust were removed.
The morning was spent sorting out stuff on  my machine, mid-day, clear blue sky and sun was a siren call not to be ignored.
Strumpshaw Fen RSPB from the Centre Hide our first - and last call. All the ducks were concentrated in a small area at the far end of the pool, the only water not frozen. Mostly Mallard with a few Teal, Shoveller and Gadwall In the past, a new year has meant trying to see as  many birds as possible in January. This aim has been amended to seeing as many difficult to see or, seasonal birds, as possible.
Scoping along the track at Buckenham, at least a thousand Pinkfeet with a couple of hundred Whitefronts (why are Eurasian suddenly being called Russian on the pager?), a large flock of Canadas, and, 5 Taiga Bean Geese. Don't know how I blocked that colour in and I can't change it.
A male Peregrine temporarily flushed all the geese before perching on a gate, a Merlin sat on another post. Lovely. Many Snipe around too.
Driving home, shortly before the Clippesby turning off the Acle road, two Common Cranes flew across the road. Brilliant 
Northern Swans, in two groups of about a hundred each, stood distantly in fields at Ludham. The nearer group flew before I could identify them, probably all Bewicks.


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