The day I was beaten by a goose!!!

The past few days have been brilliant! Following on from our quiet Christmas day we travelled down to see Roo and Stu and had a brilliant time there including a lovely walk out with the gorgeous Sprocket. Still plenty of autumn colours around.

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Smashing company, excellent food, incredible gifts (!!!)  quizzes, games all followed by a very good nights sleep! Thank you very much Roo and Stu.

The bent morning we drove back up to Norfolk to spend another smashing day this time at Janice and Chris’. We all went to panto at Sheringham, along with Peter, Lynn and the children. Here is Daniel ready for the show to begin.

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A good time was had by all but I think it may be fair to say the chances of that particular production moving on to the London stage are slim!!! Back to J & C for a splendid tea and another night spent away from home!

This morning we decided to go in search of the red-breasted goose that had been seen in the company of thousands of pink-footed geese near Docking. We found the area and joined the others trying to see the goose but there was a problem … fog!

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At first we couldn’t even see a goose let alone the right one. Later through the fog we saw geese, many, many geese but no sign of a red-breasted one. Suddenly they took to flight so please let me know if you can spot the one we are looking for in these pictures!!!

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We were eventually beaten by the cold and the fog so we headed for home instead. fireSo fire alight we are back in the cosy warm and heading nowhere else tonight! Maybe we will see the goose another day but for now it has beaten me!

 

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Happy Christmas

I couldn’t resist dropping by to wish you a very happy Christmas. So far ours is going fine, a tad on the quiet side but fine! The tree is up, the decorations are too as are the cards so we were all set for the festivities to begin.

Yesterday, Christmas Eve, was our Christingle service which traditionally I lead and this year was no exception. It was just about the only thing all year that I was committed to doing and was pleased to have the opportunity once again. (A photo will appear here in a few days)

After church this morning we decided to go for a walk at the arboretum. 13 degrees seemed most unusual for a Christmas walk but it was certainly very pleasant and brought lots of people out. Surprisingly what it didn’t bring out was many birds it was very quiet on that front, but… we did get a tick! Down on the edge of a stream we saw a Crossbill, a first for the year. Sadly it was the only sight we had of it but we were pleased non the less, you will have to imagine it there as it had flown by the time I got the camera ready!!!

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Thankfully a Christmas Robin did make an appearance, always a treat. img_2290-robin

 

Mostly there were no birds on the water at all, just some Canada geese that had managed to avoid peoples ovens!

A couple of small Christmas trees seemed to have sprung up since our last visit and some seasonal holly added a splash of colour.

I had just said to Ian that I thought we would have seen some winter thrushes when, from what had seemed to be a carpet of autumn leaves dozens of thrushes took to the wing. They were no sooner there than they had disappeared high into the trees and out of sight. Oh well it was good to at least see them.

img_2305I didn’t think we had walked far enough to encounter Highland cattle but it seemed we had! Away in a manger came to mind!

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The next thing we saw surprised me even more than the cattle, believe it or not we saw a butterfly! I think it was a large white but I was astonished to see one right at the end of the years, the weather certainly has gone crazy!

So Common Crossbill became bird number 257, I am hoping to make the bird count to 260 by the end of the year but we will see.

So however you are spending these few days I hope they are filled with love and peace as that  was what the very first Christmas was to bring, so to quote Tiny Tim, “God bless us everyone!”

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Short and sweet!

Short and sweet is what this blog entry will be and most certainly is what the bird I have seen today is!

If you have kept with me on this journey you will know there is a bird that I have been quite embarrassed not to have seen all year. It was becoming ridiculous to have to admit that I hadn’t and I was beginning to fear that I might not get it al all. The fear is over, the bird has been seen and here he is!

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A Little owl has become the 256th bird of the year! Considering we have had them in the garden in the past it is ridiculous to have taken this long but never mind, he was all the more welcome for being a late arrival!

This morning I popped out with Peter to Dereham as he had a few things to get and I wanted to go to the bead shop. Well when we arrived the bead shop was gone so that was the end of my necklace making plans!

It was really good to have the chance to chat to Peter about a decision I need to make and to get a fresh perspective. So in spite of no beads I knew the morning was time well spent (to be honest time spent with family is never time wasted) but I didn’t know that he would spot me a tick on the journey home.

Up until today the nearest I had got to a Little owl was this fella!

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A present from a dear friend given out of sympathy for my lack of Owl spotting skills, thank you Sheila!!!

Had I not been with Peter I wouldn’t have seen it today, he really does have brilliant eyes and can see birds I would never notice. It was on a fence post, back form the road and really not obvious to most, but to an ace spotter, no problem! The next problem though was that Ian wasn’t with us, oh no should I brake my own rule and count it or not? A quick phone call and he was on the way, bringing my camera with him.

“Please don’t fly off, please don’t fly off, please don’t fly off” and it didn’t. Well not before Ian arrived and saw it, passed me my camera and I got a quick shot. It did however fly soon afterwards hence just the one picture but I really don’t mind, we both saw it and that is what counts.

So a short sweet bird and I feel I have been saved any humiliation on December 31st when I see my year end list.