Trip reports

High Ash Farm

High Ash Farm
Jane Bond

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

He told me that he does not lead any walks but would be happy to chat about the farm if we met on our day there. Apparently, on 12/2/2012 there were "thousands of Linnets in flocks with Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings" feeding. He also has Buzzards, Redpolls and resident Little Owls. He told me that the best time to go is when it is very cold (and sunny).I got the cold day right but didn't manage any sun-sorry. It felt like Siberia when 22 of us met at the Roman Camp site at Caistor St Edmonds near Norwich. As we walked past the first field, we had good views of Fieldfare and Mistle Thrushes together with Rooks and Jackdaws. We did not stop for long at each viewpoint as it was bitterly cold and although we scanned each field we saw little. The seed plants were dry and dead so possibly most of the seed had been eaten by mid-February. The highest total of birds seen was 19 (I only saw 15) but Green Woodpecker and a party of Long Tailed Tits were the highlights.
Charles' grandson, Aubrey, walked the whole course without complaint (future leader of our group?)
Having walked the area in early summer, it is a lovely ramble and a nice place for a picnic as you see very few people. The paths are mown and generally mud free.

Daphne Hayward