Monday, 4 January 2010

The First Day of School!

... so the first day of my 'Route List'!

The journey began with Robin, but with the exception of birds like a small covey of Red-legged Partridges and Kestrel quickly followed by Sparrowhawk, there was little of interest until just north of Wood Norton, where a wonderfully contrasting Barn Owl was perched up, quickly followed by another cruising over the road. Always a delight, a male Bullfinch was in the hedgerow near Holt. A single Marsh Harrier was the highlight over Cley, with the frost producing little bird activity. A number of Wigeon were at Salthouse, but it was still quiet. Driving into Sheringham a Coal Tit called.
Lunch was taken at Salthouse Duckpond and a few waders were added, the most interesting being a Black-tailed Godwit that must have thought it was a duck and a flighty flock of 24 Ruff. A distant Stonechat was on the Little Eye.
Leaving work at 4.30pm had me wondering if I should take the 'short' route home, but my decision to drive the coast road was rewarded with not one, but three Woodcock - a single just west of Sheringham and two together just west of Kelling.


The first butterfly of the year! A Small Tortoiseshell in the school hall, presumably awakened by the rise in temperature!

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