I always had a love for me feathered friends since a kid but never got serious . But later on in life through my then girlfriend (now wife) i was introduced to Andy aka`Yorkie`. We got gasssin one night and he planned a evening for us to take trip to Winterton Dunes to see a bird , the `Nightjar`. It was an interesting experience with Yorkie giving me a pair of `White Socks` as we approached fenced area and explaining what i was do with it! Although i felt a bit of a plum for swinging them around my head it worked ! Nightjar was circling over me within in minutes of dusk. Good memories and since that day I've slowly gone from popping out with Yorkie, to nipping out on my own with flask and a Collin's for help! From Whitlingham Country Park or Strumpshaw Fen to going for long days out to North Norfolk coast!
By this stage i had began to record everything i saw and a few pictures with my digi-camera .
At the end of November , i spent a fantastic day out at Titchwell with Yorkie and picking up 20 lifers and a day list of 62 different species. A great day out in a beautiful reserve
Also that month i got over to Stubbs Mill to see the Raptor Roost . Got over 35 Marsh Harriers coming in, also Barn Owl up close , small flock of Lesser Redpolls, along wit 2 x Common Cranes flying across, which happened to be my No.100 for lifer list- Happy Days!
Cley Marshes in beginning of December gave me first chance of sea watching.After a lashing of drizzle and gale force winds we picked up some Red Throated Divers among others. Along the shingle we got a fantastic close ups of Snow Buntings- i feel in love with there friendly little bird.There fantastic colour in the sun was a real joy to see , although when they went to ground on the pebbles it made hard work to find them again!
As December was coming to an end i headed down to at Buckenham Marshes to witness my first bird spectacle , the Corvid Roost. Around 30-40,000 come in and gather as the sun sets and for a few moments the sky was covered with beautiful shades of black every where the eye could see , absolute Magic!
On to 2010-
Whitingham gave up some very interesting (and as I've learnt over the coming year ) bloody good birds!
With the Great Northern Diver , and Black Necked Grebe on New Years Day and a couple of weeks later when with Yorkie & his dad Brian , we picked up Red Necked Grebe , Smew , Ruddy Duck & Gooseander! (fingers crossed for a repeat of that for 2011!).
|Me & Yorkie @ Whitlingham CP.|