Sunday, February 1, 2009

21st January,2009.

Again, a day spent "working" the endless good spots along Norfolk's north coast.By now much of what we were seeing we'd encountered before, but the weather was improved and it was a joy to be out and about. Some excellent views of various species including a duo of Water Rails "working" the ditch near the Centre at Titchwell, overcoming their usual reticence in the hunt for food supplies.
A rather dispersed flock of Velvet Scoter off Hunstanton within an equally strung out flock of Common Scoter was unexpected, seen below wheeling Fulmars now having arrived back at their neaby breeding cliff.
Went on to Dersingham Bog, a national reserve and, again, a site I'd only overlooked before. What an atmospheric place! Whilst we saw little (not including the reported Great Grey Shrike!!), it was a joy to walk around and pledge a return, perhaps in summer. A party of Goldcrest frenetically working their way through the gorse and heather was entertaining as they secured a last feed before roost.

Another enjoyable day which began to be marred by problems with the beloved and reliable Nissan X-trail, surely not!! After discussions etc we concluded it was a bum load of fuel I'd received and a partial tank filling seemed to improve the problem!.

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