Friday, 31 December 2010
Listening to Rihanna! 'LOUD'
Been blogging now for One Year exactly!!!
Don't know what I am doing this evening yet!
9.40pm - Ok - I know what I am doing now - NOTHING!!!!
Think I will go through and add all my pictures and videos to all my recent posts!!!
Now listening to the Black Eyed Peas - THE BEGINNING'
10pm - Fireworks going off already!!!
11.59pm - TONS of Fireworks going off!!!!
Rest in Peace Jack.
Thursday, 30 December 2010
....."Moving to Nerja in southern Spain in 2011"........
Thats quite sad - will miss seeing him at twitches!!!!!!!
Mind you - I don't blame him - the weather in this country is pretty rubbish!
Unless something bizzare turns up tomorrow like a Snowy Owl or something, I don't think the list will change by end of tomorrow!
So Congratulations to Robin!!!
Its really hard work doing a serious year list - I would love to do it again, but petrol is too expensive now and I have not got the time. Now if I won the lottery I would absolutely LOVE to do a British List - I would fly round everywhere - what fun it would be to charter planes and boats etc to see any bird you desired at a the drop of a hat!!! Ok I wouldn't want to be a hard core twitcher permanently, but to do that for a year would be massive fun!
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Also 40+ Waxwings at west end of bypass at Swaffham this morning - I would have passed these today on route to visiting a patient!!!
On BBC1 8pm until 9pm.
One of the most fascinating natural history documentaries I have EVER seen!!!
"Shot mainly using spy cameras, this film gets closer than ever before to the world's greatest land predator.
Icebergcam, Blizzardcam and Snowballcam are a new generation of covert devices on a mission to explore the Arctic islands of Svalbard in Norway. Backed up by Snowcam and Driftcam, these state-of-the-art camouflaged cameras reveal the extraordinary curiosity and intelligence of the polar bear."
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Condolences to his family.
Got up early this morning and arrived at Green Lane, Thornham by 8.30am and stood and waited and waited and waited for the Northern Harrier to show, BUT it didn't! It was a very dull and gloomy day and it was very depressing waiting on my own in the cold with so little to see. But I did count 49 Curlews in the field behind me adjoining Green Lane along with a few lapwing. I could hear and also saw a few Fieldfares in the hedge next to me. Also saw 3 Marsh Harriers over the reed beds towards Titchwell and 2 Little Egrets.
Relocated myself to Staithe Lane and could see that the group of birders standing on the seawall were having the same bad luck as me. Gave up and went to Titchwell RSPB. Tons of finches feeding amongst the leaf mould along the opening to the picnic area including greenfinchs, goldfinches, and chaffinches. Was lucky to see the Woodcock again in the same place as last time, just to the right of the feeders the other side of the centre and also 1 Water Rail scurried away quickly out of the ditch off the main path. 3 Siskins feeding on Alder catkins round the Fen Trail.
I am so fed with the fat squirrel and fat wood pigeons in my garden I decided to buy a 'Ground Bird Table' and 'Floor Cage' to go over it from the RSPB shop - the only problem is that there are four stakes with the cage to secure it to the ground, but I want it in my patio area - so I will see if the squirrel bothers to lift the whole cage up before I move it to soft ground which will be further away and not so visible.
Looked at the RBA website on iphone and the Northern Harrier had been seen at Brancaster Staithe from the harbour - had I got time to see it before returning to King's Lynn to get to work for a late shift starting at 2pm? hmmmmm...... yep - flew up the road to join other birders at 12.30pm to be told it was not in view now and had flown further east!!!!!! Bl**dy Bird - I am obviously not going to improve on my one and only naff photo of it!!! Left 12.35pm and it was now drizzling with rain all the way back to Lynn.
Last night the weather forecast for North West Norfolk was 'Heavy Snow', 'Light Snow' or 'Rain' on 3 different weather websites!!!!!!
Monday, 27 December 2010
More news on the Northern Harrier, seen between Thornham and Brancaster on several occasions today.
Obviously there are more birders out and about today as the RBA website has quite a good list for Norfolk today including 10 Long tailed Ducks and 60 Snowbuntings at Holme, 2 Red headed Smews at Wells, 3 Waxwings and The Northern Harrier at Titchwell, 2 Short eared owls and the Northern Harrier at Brancaster, Rough legged Buzzard at Scolt Head Island viewed from Brancaster, Snow Buntings at Holkham, Hooded Crow, 12 Twite, Hen Harrier at Brancaster Staithe, 20 Waxwings and the Northern Harrier at Thornham, Ross's Goose at Cley, Lesser White Fronted Goose remains at Cantley.
Roll on January 1st when I will be doing a bird race! But I won't be year listing in 2011, as I have not got the time really - it took over my life in 2009 even though I enjoyed it VERY much!!!
I have just been listening to Rihanna's new album 'LOUD' - some seriously good tunes and is hot as the Black Eyed Peas's new Album 'THE BEGINNING'
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Got up late and had brunch!
Knocked the block of ice out of the bird pool and put some more goodies out for the birds. I delayed going out birding because it was FREEZING!!! The frost outside still remained exactly the same by lunch time. It was a beautiful sunny morning and I now regret not going out in the morning as by the time I got on the road, the sun had gone in.
I wanted to go to Holme reserves, but I just knew I would get annoyed - Holme is terrible on Boxing Day for tons of dog walkers and I was right as my sister Vivien told me later - she had to put up with several dogs bounding up to her - none were on leads and owners not bothered about their dogs menacing other people!!!
So it was to Titchwell RSPB I visited again and I am so glad I did. Scattered some birds seed, raisons and bread in the carpark for the robins. Lots of birders and photographers here and guess what, I didn't see a single dog - magic!!! I didn't get very far along the main path at all, as I discovered a wonderful scene before me. Where the path that leads from the back of the visitor centre joins the main path - just below this, where there is a stream running, was a flurry of birds. All the ice on the main pools is still frozen solid apart from a few patches, so this trickling water was extremely popular for drinking and preening. 2 male Siskins came down to drink, also great tits and blue tits where having a wash and brush up, as were greenfinches, goldfinches, female Siskin, pied wagtail, long tailed tits, blackbirds, robins and a Treecreeper also put in an appearance! Also a Water Rail was feeding off to the right. I almost seized up, kneeling in the frosty leaves, attempting to blend in with the surroundings as I clicked away with the camera! The light was awful for photography though, which didn't result in many sharp pictures - so wish I had got here earlier when the sun was out. Further along the main path was a second Water Rail and 2 Woodcocks feeding at the back of the main feeding station, but very difficult to photograph as they were always behind vegetation. I walked round to the Fen Hide and the ponds were frozen solid as were all the reed beds - it was crystal white everywhere. From the hide I photographed a cock pheasant against the snow, but nothing else was seen here.
Walked back to the car and sprinkled the last of the bird seed, bread and raisons down for the robins. Visited my parents and Vivien for an hour and then drove home.
Fell asleep most of the evening.
Saturday, 25 December 2010
I awoke to a beautiful frosty, sunny day.
Loaded the car up with presents and food and general christmasy stuff required for the day and picked my sister up in King's Lynn and drove to my parents house to spend Christmas Day. My little sister was already there, having travelled up yesterday.
Far too much food!
Around 2.45pm I went to Titchwell RSPB.
Passed Santa along the main footpath! (seriously, see picture below)
4 Siskins in the Alder tree at the beginning of the main path by the centre. Pintail sitting on the ice - all the water completely frozen over. 3 Marsh Harriers by the dead trees. Took a video of the new Parrinder Hide and took some sunset pictures. It started to rain/sleet so put the camera away. On the way back 14 Whooper Swans flew low over my head - very annoyingly I did not have time to get the camera out of rucksack!!!
Sunset from the new Parrinder Hide at Titchwell.
VIDEO - WALKING TO AND INSIDE THE
NEW PARRINDER HIDE AT TITCHWELL RSPB.
Christmas Pudding with Nestles Cream, Mothers's Trifle, cheese straws etc etc etc whilst spending the evening watching the box.
Drove back to King's Lynn and now watching 'Corrie' on ITV2, as I wasn't allowed to watch it earlier - compromise, Vivien wanted to Watch 'Strictly'.
Friday, 24 December 2010
I was hoping we would be allowed to escape from work earlier than 3pm - I am sure we left just after lunch last year - I had planned to watch a western on TV this afternoon, but after leaving at 3pm I went to fill up with petrol and into town to do some last minute food shopping etc.
Watched all the soaps and now doing housework!!!
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
As I stepped outside this morning to walk to work, I felt I had just walked through the wardrobe!!!! It was so incredibly sparkly white, I could see no colour in the trees, bushes, grass or anywhere - it was surreal - I have never seen it like this before.
Mid morning when I went out to the car park to get in the car to go out in the community to visit my first patient, all the trees sparkled silver in the sunshine - it was as though glitter had fallen from the skies. It was stunningly beautiful.
The weather locally was a mix of serious fog, sun and the frost stayed ALL day!!!! Nothing melted at all - really weird!
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Funny really as when you search for reviews for this album, most of them are saying this in the worst album they have produced!!!! Oh well, each to their own, I like it - ITS BRILLIANT!
Picked up my car this evening after having more work done on it and re MOT'd.
My work colleague Lesley decided to book a Caleigh Band for her grand celebration. It was held in Wolverton Social Club. Most of my team went and joined in merrily!!! Lesley's grand daughter had made some stunning cakes, decorated beautifully with glitter, stars, hearts, flowers etc and also made the Birthday Cake. There was a fantastic selection of food! I joined in with one dance, but spent most of my time taking videos with the iphone and taking pictures for Lesley with her camera. Gave Sarah a lift home, it was wickedly cold when we left. Some of the other girls went up town, clubbing, but I didn't feel like going, so went home. Had a nice lie in this morning. Freezing cold and severe frost outside, I decided not to go birding. Went up town mid afternoon to do my only small amount of christmas shopping. Found an absolutely top quality faux fur hat with ear flaps in 'Hoopers', the army shop by the bus station in King's Lynn - it far better quality than any other in the fashion shops. As I walked back to the quayside where I had left my car parked - icicles were hanging underneath the back of most of the cars!
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
'Fun recipes to entice birds to your garden'
By Mark Golley
ISBN 1 84537 258 1 - published in 2006 by New Holland - now out of print, but I picked up a copy the other day in charity shop for £1.99 - tons of home made treats for birds!!! Much better than bought stuff - if you have the time obviously!
Went on a course not far from Newmarket today with two other work colleagues - extremely interesting and a scrumptious lunch!!! The drive there in the fog was horrendous though - thank god for the iphone - we were sitting in a stationary queue of traffic on the A142 into Newmarket, which mean't if we stayed there - we would have been seriously late for the course which started at 9am - looked on the 'live' map on phone and turned the car round - whizzed along a back road and ended up arriving at 8.50am!!! We felt quite smug and relieved when we walked into the conference room early!!! Tons of traffic on the return journey this evening.
There are so many birthday lunches, christmas lunches and party lunches this week, I am going to pop if I eat much more!!!
• You can tell its that time of year when there's not much about, when the Norfolk thread posts on birdforum.net consist of geese, geese, geese, geese and more geese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• Northern Harrier still at Thornham today!!! Hoping to catch up with this again at the weekend and try improve on my naff photos of it, if we are not all snowed in again!!!
See HEAVY SNOW weather forecast for north-west Norfolk tomorrow!!!!!!!
Monday, 13 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
I'm glad 'One Direction' didn't win - they lovely lads, but they hadn't got the X-Factor as I far as I was concerned. I wanted Rebecca to win out of the two, but there wasn't alot in in it - Matt and Rebecca are both awesome singers and beautiful people, BUT I still say Cher Lloyd should have won -had a lovely PM from Jan on Birdforum, basically agreeing me on this - thanks Jan!. 'TAKE THAT' performed just before the final results - never tire of listening to Robbie!!!
Saturday, 11 December 2010
"Each finalist is singing one song of their choice and then a duet with one of these pop megastars - Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and Will.i.am."
I wanted 'Cher' and 'Rebecca' in the final - sadly 'Cher' is out!!!!! She was awesome with 'Will.i.am' from the 'Black-eyed Peas'. I wanted her to win - she's got more personality than all the rest put together.
Its got to be 'Rebecca' now - I hope 'One Direction' don't win - I can't see whats so special about them!
Part Two - Sunday 7.30pm
Spent the morning in King's Lynn whilst waiting for my car to be MOT'd - walked along the quayside and saw a diver species, but didn't have my bins with me. 4 turnstones flew past!
Bad news - after all the work I had done on the car, it FAILED!!!! On emissions, 'Suspension component mounting corroded', 'sub frame seriously weakened' - BLOODY CARS!!!!
Went home, sulked and fell asleep in the chair.
Arrived late afternoon for a walk. Someone had seen the Northern Harrier at Titchwell this afternoon - it carried on west towards Thornham - I didn't see it, too late. The water was completely frozen over at Titchwell and because of this, there were very few birds - several pintail, teal, wigeon and shelduck. Pied Wagtails were flitting about on the ice just below the path. Put the wide angle lens on the camera and took some sunset pictures. Left Titchwell and picked up fish 'n' chips from Hunstanton and ate them back at home whilst watching 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
Friday, 10 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Just emailed this to the Lynn News Newsdesk to highlight this article and asked them to publish an article highlighting this including asking dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead etc etc.
Will let you know if they publish anything!
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Last week was so hectic at work I didn't even have the energy or time to turn the computer on, never mind post on my blog!
Saturday, sadly no birding as had loads of stuff to sort. Saturday night was my second and last christmas party of the year - at Knights' Hill Hotel AND I was drinking - I don't normally drink but NEEDED to after the last few weeks. I had an interesting selection of brandy and coke, large glass of white wine, vodka and lemonade, shot of something lethal someone bought me, another brandy and coke and after that decided after some very fast spins round the dance floor, that I had better switch to water!!!
Sunday - a long lazy lay in and more chores.
X-Factor final next week - First choice: Rebecca. Second choice: Cher.
Fantastic watching the Black eyed Peas on the show tonight - I have been a fan for a long time.
Not doing christmas this year - not sending any cards - fed up with spending hours writing out 50/60 cards - waste of time, money and trees.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Very heavy snow today in King's Lynn, so much so that I have had to leave my car at work and walked home this evening!!!
My mother had 16 Waxwings flying towards her as she cycled round the 'corner of Norfolk' - along the main road going into Old Hunstanton this morning.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Birders waiting at Thornham Boat house in arctic conditions
for the Northern Harrier to show.
Andy W. stands out from the crowd in his bright orange coat!!!
Well I certainly got up earlier than yesterday!!
Arrived Thornham Coal Barn at 8am and it was seriously arctic conditions. I felt like the Michelin man, I had so many layers on! Everything was sparkling white with frost and snow, but the morning was dull with no sun at all. Around 20 people waited for the Northern Harrier to show. I could see Andy W. and Justin L. standing with other people near the carpark at the far end, so I phoned Andy to say he was standing in the wrong place 'you mean we standing on high ground so we can see everything' he said - 'yep, its best seen from here' I said. Anyway time went on and standing here for even an hour and a quarter was torture. At one point I saw what was probably the harrier for a split second over the field by the houses to the left of The Lifeboat Inn, another quarter of an hour later at 9.15am it showed itself again and was indeed the NORTHERN HARRIER. Shortly after this Andy and Justin had relocated themselves to the Coal Barn! I got some records shots of The Northern Harrier as it glided over the reed bed. It then disappeared from view, so I decided to walk down the road and follow the path through the reed bed to the large copse. On the way I had awesome views of a pair of Bullfinches (not quite long enough for the camera though) and several blackbirds eating sloeberries. I crossed the bridge and walked right and along Green Lane and then left along the track and back along the path around the copse and back to the bridge again. It was now snowing heavily and had to put the camera in the rucksack liner bag. The snow blizzard was so heavy I could hardly see to walk! I didn't see the harrier again. Walked back to the car and the few people that were standing by the barn had not seen the harrier since I had last seen it. I drove to the far field, reached by the 'The Lifeboat' lane and watched the field for a while, but no luck.
Titchwell RSPB - I only stopped here for one thing - FOOD!!! Sat in the Feeding Station and had Jacket Potato, Vege Lasagne and wait for it.... Sticky Toffee Pudding and Custard - all good for the waist line, BUT it did warm me up, in fact it was incredibly difficult to leave - it was lovely and warm in there and it was very enjoyable watching the video screen listening to Golden Orioles calling at Lakenheath etc etc. Loads of birds at the feeders including chaffinches, robins, hedge sparrows, robins, greenfinches, pheasant, blue and great tits and of course woodpigeons trying to balance themselves on the feeders! I eventually dragged myself out of there and walked back to the car. I was just trying to decided whether to go back to attempt to get better pictures of the Harrier or go to Wells to try and see the Northern Bullfinches, but when I checked the RBA website on my phone, there was a Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler at Burnham Norton.
Burnham Norton - no sign of the bird at all on arrival sadly. People searched everywhere to find this bird, but it didn't show again. Bumped into R.M here who initially didn't realise it was me under all my layers! and also John F. who pointed out 5 Whooper Swans going over our heads, south.
Choseley Barns - loads of corn buntings, yellow hammers, greenfinches, robins, hedgesparrows, fieldfares and 2 Mistle Thrushes all from the car window! Tons of pinkfeet flying over aswell.
Thornham - parked the car in Green Lane and walked to the bridge and along the path again for a short distance where I had brief views of the Northern Harrier again as it flew across the reed bed and round the corner of the copse out of view. Had spectacular views of a Barn Owl by the bridge when I walked back which was flying low across the reeds and then landed on a post in front of me briefly!
X-Factor - thank goodness Vagner had gone!!! But I did feel sorry for Katie. Very frustrating though as I will miss the semi-final next week as I'm at another christmas party!
Update - see John's Furse's very amusing picture of me as the Michelin man on the Norfolk thread!!! (see top sentence of this post)