No, No, November!

I am rather late with my end of the month blog as we have been without Wi fi for several days! In our family November begins with a very special occasion, Daniel was five on the first of the month!

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November has been a lovely month; still full of beautiful colours.

It has however been a very quiet month as far as our numbers have been and it is sad to say we have only added two birds and one mammal!  Don’t think we haven’t had a good time though, we have. Our impromptu trip to Wensleydale was a real treat which included a trip to the Thorp Perrow Arboretum where the pictures above were taken.

The weather has been mixed but I think it has given us more sunshine than showers and of course now and then they come together to provide us with a lovely rainbow.

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Back home and there were lots of reports coming about Waxwings arriving, we eventually caught up with some in Holt. Beautiful birds and I would have been very disappointed not to get them this year.

We took a day out from wild creatures to visit some captive ones. A smashing day out with Peter, Lynn and the children, seeing the young Red panda was a highlight!

It was at the zoo that we got a new mammal, keen eyed Lynn spotted it first, a field vole and it was certainly not captive!

We added Bean goose at Titchwell having been out many times for them earlier in the year. Another day I went out with Peter and our cameras and were rewarded with some Bramblings and a last minute treecreeper.

So we have arrived at our last month and I confess we have begun December by being rather lacks as we have been in Norwich for a few days without the pager!!! Still let’s wait and see how we do over the next few weeks. I am going to save lists until the end of the year now and then we will see whose guess was closest.

 

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Beans for breakfast?

Yesterday morning was beautifully bright so the chance of getting better Waxwing pictures was appealing. I went out with Peter, we didn’t find any but did find birds to photograph! A mixed flock of Chaffinches and Bramblings teased us by flitting among the trees and then landing mostly where we couldn’t get an angle on them! But…sometimes they were more co-operative, first some Chaffinch shots.

This lone Brambling had us wondering if it was okay, but it flew off so seemed it could take care of itself.

I don’t know how many were in the flock as they were so mobile, but a good number were present. When they landed among the autumn leaves they looked stunning!

These were all at Santon Downham which is, to the best of my knowledge where I saw my first Brambling some years ago; at least they were the first I remember seeing. I was amused by this nearby sign, the first time I remember seeing it!

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We may have lost out on Waxwings but were happy to have been out in beautiful light  but the weather changed so back home we headed for late lunch! Just as we were heading off we spotted this rather distant  Tree creeper.

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Now I move on to today and my title, Beans for breakfast. Earlier in the year we tried several times to get Bean geese but failed each time, not today! Off we headed, first thing in search of Bean geese in the fields at Titchwell and we got it! I have to confess that had I been alone I would not have had the confidence to pick one out from the numerous Greylag and Pink foots but Ian did and others around us were independently choosing the same bird which was encouraging.

Having ticked Bean goose for number 255 we headed to the sea on what turned out to be a much brighter day than forecast. I spotted this little bird half hidden at first but them boldly out in the open, a Reed bunting.

Geese and Lapwing flew over as we walked down to the sea and I couldn’t resist a Curlew shot as I passed!

 

When we reached the sea there were Long-tailed ducks and Scoters sitting on the sea but no sign of divers which I had hoped for.

Our time was limited at Titchwell as we had some things to attend to in Holt, thankfully we were on the road before the rain came and provided us with another rainbow.

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Holt was finished with and there was time for a visit to Janice and Chris which is always a pleasure and as we left the sun was out again, low in the sky and we had some lovely skies.

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We did detour when nearly home and drive around locally looking for the elusive Little owl, no luck, oh well about six weeks left to find one!!!