Sunday, 8 November 2020

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground


I'd been looking forward to a few days away with a small group of friends from the Group and hoping Covid wouldn't put the kibosh on it, like it did for all my previous plans for the year.
It was a different experience having to travel separately and staying in Cromer in a B & B that offered little more than a room and a bed. But, the change of scenery and opportunity to see birding friends was on its own, worth it.
The remains of an Atlantic storm meant it was very blustery with periods of heavy rain, but in the main, the weather was good with spells of warm sunshine. Each morning we met outside our digs and drove in convoy to our various destinations along the north Norfolk coast clocking up an impressive grand total of 104 species in the four days. Nick and Mike managed to find dusky warbler and Siberian chiff chaff whilst the rest of us made do with lesser yellowlegs, grey partridge, bittern, cranes, hawfinch, hen harrier, short-eared owl and skeins and skeins of pink -footed geese. Add to this several hares and fallow deer; it made for a great long weekend which I hope will see me through the winter and better times.

Frances Evans