Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Two Short Visits

Monday January 2

Ludham/ Thurne Marshes at twilight on a sunny afternoon. The hoped for 'wild' swans were not in the usual field along the entrance road. All fifteen were Mute Swans. We added Marsh Harrier and two Grey Herons to the 2017 list.
Returning via Martham and Horsey, all the 50+ herd of swans were Mute again. The diversion was recompensed by a roadside hunting Barn Owl near Cooke's vegetable barn.

Tuesday January 3

Very few moth-ers at Natural Surroundings this morning. The Duffs, who go to Jamaica and St Lucia next Sunday, Janice D who is shortly going on a Lee southern England trip and, Ian and Sue. 
Nuthatch and Long-tailed Tits on the feeders were new.
Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blakeney Harbour, no sign of the hoped for Scaup usually seen at high tide. 
Pied Wagtail on the Cley sewage works tank edge, otherwise an empty and sound free lane.
A small group of dark-bellied Brent Geese at the road end of Beach Road Cley, prompted me to ask Pam to park in the gateway. After a few binoc scans of the ever moving flock, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose showed. My photo is less than good.

There's a Glaucous Gull about, not infrequently found near Salthouse duck pond. Not to-day, later reported at Blakeney ! I enjoyed taking some photographs of the common birds aroud, waiting for a bread chucker to arrive.

Whose giant feet are these?

Another fruitless search for the Little Owl at Felbrigg before driving home. I did spot some bracket type fungus on a roadside Beech tree which I have been unable to identify so far. My little Concise Mushroom Guide is very inadequate. I have a short list from the internet but my photos, taken from the car, are not good enough. It may not be a Bracket.

The bark below the scar and fungus was interesting. Another fungus or just a rub?

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