Tuesday, 13 May 2014

patch week 20

7th & 8th May  House hunting

9th May  A walk around Nortonbury produced my first Pied wagtail and Great spotted woodpeckers for some time, swallows were hawking over the flooded meadows behind the farm but the anticipated waders I had seen here in the past had still not materialised or  had missed them. I also saw one of my first large red damselfly’s of the year and managed to get a passable picture with my phone.

10th May  House hunting in Norfolk we saw a Red kite over the car near Brandon and stopped at Weeting heath  and saw the stone curlews during a lull in our search. Later we popped in Lakenheath fen for a cuppa and had our first decent views of swifts for the year

11th May  the incessant rain may have kept us in but the blue tits in our box outside the kitchen window were going hard at it all day feeding their offspring

12th May  We were busy at home but we saw a trio of buzzards high over our house and the first swifts of the year on the patch                                                                     Patch list 88

13th May  A visit to the lagoon was accompanied by multitudinous warblers in song, with skylarks and yellowhammers and a few more thrown in for good luck and a sparrowhawk wafted past. I noted some Agrimony growing on the lip of the chalk cliffs. A four spot chaser was seen by Les and I along the greenway, a male kestrel kept apace in front of us using the telegraph poles as hunting posts

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