On our way into Norwich we detoured to a friends golf club where a Short eared owl has been frequenting. We had a lovely walk there but no sign of the owl that day, never mind, thanks Di for the tip.
Since I first saw a murmuration of Starlings on TV I have wanted to see one for myself and word had reached me that there had been one (albeit a small one) over the centre of Norwich lately. So off to Norwich we went with the opportunity to stay a couple of nights in a good friends flat (thank you!). We waited patiently and eventually saw just a few Starlings fly in but we were beginning to think that was it as it seemed to be getting much later than we had thought. Suddenly several larger groups of Starlings arrived and almost instantly they moved around the sky as one group.
Musical accompaniment would have seemed fitting but the only one to was the traffic, people going about their business.I wish I could show you photos that captured this but sadly they are a poor attempt, I do have video so as I meet you I would be happy to show you. Although they were a relatively small group it was a brilliant thing to see and has made me really want to see one of the larger more dramatic murmurations so I am on the look out for that!
The next day we went to Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve where we saw Jack snipe, such illusive little birds. There were a couple of them and they were foraging among the cut reeds just popping out briefly now and again making photographs impossible! We enjoyed watching a Marsh harrier flying and she was later joined by a second one.
Ian’s favourite duck are Gadwall so these picture are for him!
A Canada goose and a Greylag seemed to be firm friends, maybe they are the wildfowl version of ‘The Odd Couple’
We went on to Hickling Broad hunting for Cranes but were not lucky, never mind I am sure we will come upon them later in the year. It was like spring and we have really enjoyed these couple of days away and Jack snipe brought our bird total up to 153.
Tonight the moth trap is set up so lets hope that produces something as the next few days don’t look very inviting to go birding!