Autumn Highlights to date


Recent falls of European birds around the coast the shades of red and gold and the regular grey weather inspired me to capture the mood and season whilst checking out the local birding. The highlights on the coast kept alerting me to their presence and included Siberian stonechat at Caister-on-Sea Great grey shrikes at Hickling, Titchwell  Winterton and Strumpshaw. As recently as Yesterday a shrike had been seen as locally as Wymondham (check out twitter feed for further details). I resisted them all and headed to St Remigius Church to check on the locals and, as ever, the possible Hethersett peregrine. The churchyard was full of bustle with blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits and robins all calling or feeding. amongst a few woodpigeons a male blackbird fed hungrily and finally offered a seasonal photo.

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Local hedgerows round Church Farm were also alive with life but none of it hanging around for a photo including calling jay and magpie and families of house sparrows. I was fortunate however to catch one of my favourite black birds that tumble in the wind a Jackdaw. The call of the Jackdaw instantly takes me back to happy youthful memories of birding holidays when the birds would wake me with their call. Today the bird did a pre halloween photo set for me.

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