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Yank that Duck!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on March 3, 2012 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

After a week of lurgified illness and sleepless nights in the BirdBeard household, I popped out for a bit of fresh air to Marlingford - the new mecca of Norfolk birding. Whilst there I had a chat with a friendly Geordie, saw a lively Little Egret and gazed for a while at an American Wigeon. It was a very nice looking duck from across the pond.

On the way home I stopped off at Ffobbs (sic ed.) Nursery and picked up 2 Bay Trees for a bargain £2 a piece....

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Nye's First Beach List

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Still revelling in the Welsh Triple Crown glory (I'll admit, I have (been) turned as far as it goes with rugby. My passion and my boy's is with Cymru) we decided to take Nye for his first outing to the beach, and where better to start than Winterton? Delightful in every way for a family fun trip, with the added bonus of being a bird magnet and having a cafe without equal.

En route, however, I managed to persuade the Welsh Girl that we needed to take a quick diversion via the...

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Nectar points for Linnets

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

As another week draws to an end I managed to scrape a new lister whilst picking up the essentials (fruit, veg, beer and wine) in Sainsbury's, Longwater Lane. Packing my wares into the boot I noticed 3 fork-tailed passerines in the tree overlooking my car. Luckily I had my school bins in the boot and so checked quickly in the fading light, confirming my suspicions: 3 winter plumed Linnets. Tidy. They then flew off noisily. I was well chuffed. Not a rare bird by any standards, but an opp...

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Lynford Lifers

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday of half-term saw the first weekly BirdBeards Family Fun Day Out (here's hoping). Baby Nye, Welsh Girl and I crammed into the Dragon Wagon and headed out Breckland way to meet up with Le Hatt, Hells Bells (with Le Hatt - the next generation- in tow) and Evie. Our aim was to clinch a couple of tasty birds that have eluded me in my last 5 arboretum visits.

The sight of 5 circling Buzzards on our approach to the woods boded well. In fact, I'm sure that's my highest...

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Twite right, my friend!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

An early start on Thursday morning saw the BirdBeards back out on the run together and hot on the heels of some more fine Norfolk birds. Le Hatt has become rather fond of Breydon Water, a place that I find unrepentingly bleak and depressing, so it was to there that we headed first off. Despite the bitter wind and still Cold War-style surrounds, it was to be a decision we did not live to regret.

Straight up we were onto lots of birds, catching the tide nicely low. Dunlin

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An Eye for a Redhead

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 15, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Fatherhood exhaustion has started to catch up with me. The boy is a very contented little chap and actually allows us a very reasonable amount of sleep. There are just so many new things to learn and an endless amount of things to do. Just how did I waste all that spare time I had before this exciting new chapter began?

I did manage to get out for a couple of very productive hours this afternoon, in an attempt, more than anything else, to blow the cobwebs out of my weary hea...

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Wag a surprise!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

While round at Ma's for a full family get together, with the Nicks, the Gibbos et al, we watched Wales storm to a typical 'crap for 30 mins, then storming in tries for the rest' 6 nations victory. We also toasted Nye's arrival in this world with some fine House of Lords pink champagne and ate enough of Ma's lush food to sink a hide full of twatchers. Then, in the final minute and play of the match a bird on the roof of the house opposite caught my eye. Pale on its underside and with a flash o...

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That'll Smew nicely!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

An early (5am) start watching fishing programmes on Shed with the boy, was the beginning of a very successful day in the dorkosphere. I was at B & Q before 8am to pick up my sparkling new wheelbarrow and a boot load of other gardening stuff, plus nest boxes, feeders and 15kg of bird seed for school. A day spent avoiding any meaningful work and a nice Gardening Club session planting some early Heritage Seed Library cucumbers and then it was off to Whits to at last get the scope out of its ...

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Mainly Mustard Poo

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, the last 2 weeks and my precious paternity leave have absolutely zipped by in a haze of broken sleep, mustard coloured poo and gorgeous cwtching times. Perspectives certainly have changed and there is so much excitement for the present and the future. I would recommend it to anyone.

BirdBeard-wise, Le Hatt and I missed the Ferruginous Duck at Whitlingham in icy gale-force winds. I then missed it again, a couple of days later, despite seeing something possibly fe...

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...and then there were 3!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

After yesterday's momentous entry to the world, today officially saw the first gathering of the new BirdBeards line-up when Le Hatt visited us in Blakeney Ward. No coincidence that the future of UK birding is enjoying the first days of his life in a ward named after one of the world's premium birdwatching sites. So here we are: BirdBeard, Le Hatt & BirdBeard Jr.