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November 2009

 

Sunday 29th November

After failing to see the Ring-necked Duck at Wroxham I moved on to Martham Broad where the highlight was this splendid drake Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid. Also at least 5 Goldeneye and a Kingfisher there.

Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09 Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09
Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09 Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09
Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09 Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09

male Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid, Martham Broad , 29th November

 

Goldeneye, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09 Goldeneye, Martham Broad, 29-Nov-09

Goldeneyes, Martham Broad, 29th November

 

Tuesday 24th November

They're meant to be very common but the last time I identified one of these was on Christmas Day 2006.

Winter Moth, Bawdeswell, 24-Nov-09  

Winter Moth, Bawdeswell, 24th November

 

Saturday 21st November

By this time of year I don't expect to see many moths, except perhaps the rather dull Epirrita or Winter Moths. So three good macros this evening was a surprise. One was my second ever Dark Chestnut (I think) and the other two were my first ever Scarce Umbers.

Scarce Umber, Bawdeswell, 21-Nov-09 Scarce Umber, Bawdeswell, 21-Nov-09

Scarce Umber, Bawdeswell, 21st November

 

Dark Chestnut, Bawdeswell, 21-Nov-09  

Dark Chestnut, Bawdeswell, 21st November

 

Friday 20th November

A couple of Barnacle Geese among the Pink-feet today:

Barnacle Geese, Amner, 20-Nov-09 Barnacle Geese, Amner, 20-Nov-09
Barnacle Goose, Amner, 20-Nov-09 Barnacle Goose, Amner, 20-Nov-09

Barnacle Geese, Amner, 20th November

 

Thursday 19th November

A few Pinks, but nothing among them despite the mud making one or two look a bit orange-billed.

Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 19-Nov-09

Pink-footed Geese, Amner, 19th November

 

Tuesday 17th November

On the way to work 2 Little Egrets flew over the A1067 at Twyford. Yesterday I discovered a large flock of Pink-feet between Shernborne and Amner but they were extremely skittish and were flushed by cyclists and a tractor before I got a good look through them. Today they were still rather nervous but I managed to pick up a Pale-bellied Brent Goose among them.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09

adult Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with Pink-footed Geese), Amner, 17th November

 

Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Amner, 17-Nov-09

Pink-footed Geese, Amner, 17th November

 

Thursday 12th November

In the arable farmland of NW Norfolk winter is synonomous with Pink-footed Geese and many of my lunch breaks are spent searching for or through flocks, looking for the scarcer species that often accompany them. I also keep an eye on the neck collars as many of them are fitted with collars inscribed with 3 letters that identify them individually. I always feel slightly sorry for the one carrying LAV round its neck, as if it could read! I first saw this bird in December 2003, found it again in December 2008 and again today.

Pink-footed Goose, Sedgeford, 12-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Sedgeford, 12-Nov-09
Pink-footed Goose, Sedgeford, 12-Nov-09 Pink-footed Goose, Sedgeford, 12-Nov-09

Pink-footed Geese, north of Sedgeford, 12th November

 

Saturday 7th November

After missing the last couple of outings I joined my monthly group once again today, this time heading up to Titchwell. Some were impressed by the vast flocks of Golden Plovers flying around - must have been thousands there. The most unusual observation from a Titchwell perspective was a family party of 4 Whooper Swans but on the sea the Slav Grebes had sloped off leaving only an elusive Great Northern Diver.

Teal, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Teal, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09
Teal, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Teal, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09

Teals, Titchwell, 7th November

 

Golden Plover, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Golden Plover, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09

Golden Plovers, Titchwell, 7th November

 

Black-tailed Godwits, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Whooper Swans, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09

Black-tailed Godwits (left) and Whooper Swans (right), Titchwell, 7th November

 

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Titchwell, 7-Nov-09

Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Titchwell, 7th November

 

Friday 6th November

Blastobasis lacticolella, Bawdeswell, 6-Nov-09  

Blastobasis lacticolella , Bawdeswell, 6th November - at least I think so: please correct me if I'm wrong!

 

Monday 2nd November

The Feathered Thorns keep on coming...

Feathered Thorn, Bawdeswell, 2-Nov-09  

Feathered Thorn, Bawdeswell, 2nd November

 

 

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