4 wild days


#30dayswild has arrived and twitter and wordpress are alive with random acts of wildness aimed at bringing young people closer to and more in tune with nature. The wildlife Trusts around the UK give a great excuse to get closer to nature and have a break from the bustle for just enough time to remind yourself that you are part of a magical place and recharge for any adversities which may come our way.

Day 1 for myself was an opportunity to catch up with my neighbours over lunch they have been raising merry hell over the last week or so, so it was nice to spend quality time with one of them whilst dining al fresco:

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Noisy neighbour #1 the goldcrest.

Day 2 saw another lunch date this time at the wild oasis at the rear of Waitrose carpark in nearby Cringleford which is next to a river which often hosts a kingfisher family. No kingfishers but blackcaps played the background sounds whilst I took the following photograph of the locals:

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If my ID courtesy of the Friends of the Earth Great Bee count if accurate this is an Early BumbleBee on a flag Iris. (please correct if I have got it wrong).

Day 3 saw me travel to Gressenhall with its fascinating workhouse  museum and old world farm. No sign of my target species the turtledove presumably due to the ongoing slaughter over the Mediterranean by hunters intent on preserving their ‘traditions’ at the expense of the rest of  us, however I once again got the opportunity to break bread with one of the locals at lunch before she flew back to her incubation duties outside the Gressenhall Cafe

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Soon to be a mother, the female blackbird doing a half decent impression of a thrush with that speckled underside.

So Day 4 saw me on the broads doing time on the river with the locals. Having completed my annual Brundall Bird Track list which included the obvious greylag geese, mute swans and mallards all intent on picnic food I started on the local singing warblers including Chiffchaff, blackcap, willow warbler and cetti’s warbler. There were flyovers from male and female marsh harrier, swift , swallow and grey heron before a boat trip brought the opportunity to see a great crested grebe sitting tight on her eggs.

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Perfect mother Great Crested Grebe looking after her valuable eggs on the edge of a busy waterway.

No video on this post but tomorrow the trailcam will be recovered and may reveal the mystery of Marlingford so check back soon for more wild June.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “4 wild days

  1. I so enjoyed your bird tails/tales and pictures.I still say your blackbird and our robins are so similar in appearance! I was lucky to see hordes on Snow Geese on a trip to Quebec at the end of may. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get any pictures. We also caught a glimpse of a Brown Thrasher on a visit to friends in Virginia. And we actually saw some cicadas, which are quite the loud neighbors in the trees down there. These cicadas had pretty orange eyes, legs, and tinted wings. the ones I’ve seen up north are all a drab brown – only their personalities glow!

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