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In Search of Pecker

Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (3)

With time ticking away in the year of our Beard 2013, the 2013 THIRTEEN list was looking worryingly untouched or unticked. So, in order to try to stamp our authority on some of these elusive avian beauties, we turned our attention to Breckland and went forth in search of 'ole ladderback' - the aptly named Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Lynford Arboretum

With a nip in the air and the frost crunchy under our beards the BirdBeard 4 strapped ourselves in t...

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BirdBeard Juniors on the run...on the RUN!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

BirdBeard returned from his yuletide tour to join up for the first 2013 THIRTEEN session with Le Hatt. Not only was this a BirdBeards joint adventure, but we turned out a full team with the new additions to the world of mentalist birding, Aneurin Tomos & Elsie Rose - aka the BirdBeard Jrs.

With prams primed and ready to roll and time at a premium we decided to concentrate our efforts on an underwatched but very convenient little patch - Earlham Park/UEA. With some lovely...

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A New Year Near Miss for my 'Pecker?

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Traditionally, on New Year's Eve at around midnight I reach the 7th stage of drunkeness, become maudlin and insist that everything and everyone is shite. So this year's sober affair made a refreshing change. A curry, a drop of nice champagne, a bit of crap telly and I was in bed by half ten.

BirdBeard Jr was eager to crack into 2013 and surfaced at his usual time of just after 4.00am. Once the sun had risen above the Cornish horizon, my first bird of the new year was a wind...

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An ill wind indeed

Posted by birdbeards2010 on August 31, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The excitement of the Point Break squall had both I and Le Hatt scrabbling to get out of the Beardmobile and up onto the Waxy dunes. It did indeed look very tasty, with the surf and swell crashing bang into the beach and the wind blasting us and our scopes back towards the woods. A couple of Turnstone dropped onto the sand and a Kestrel hovered just off the dunes, but slowly and surely very little materialised. A single Gannet and a few terns and gulls were all that got t...

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Spotty Pair Bring in the 150!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on August 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Having been woken at 2:30am by the small one, it was tough trying to get back to some zeds knowing I had a presh few hours out in deepest beet land once the sun was up. Eventually my mind stopped racing with images of floating Garganey and I dropped off until just before 6am, sorted the boy's bottle and the Welsh Girl's cuppa  and was out the door racing eastwards to the sounds of some early morning Toots.

It was a glorious misty-sunny early autumn morning as the new ...

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BirdBeard is back and chasing Le Hatt

Posted by birdbeards2010 on August 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well bloody Nora! I can't quite believe how long it has been since I posted a blog on this once burningly hot and up to date site. With BirdBeard Jr now pretty much able to hold a pair of bins independently and also allowing me more than a smidgeon of that old thing called sleep, the time for my ornithological resurrection is now!

With fatherhood has come much joy and with that joy my yearning to see birds has once again come to the fore. Nye is now able to happily be pushed around a ro...

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Double Garden Raptor Hit!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on June 26, 2012 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just took the baby out for a look at the garden and heard an almighty kerfuffle. Directly above us a Peregrine was mobbing a Buzzard. After a hell of a scrap the Buzzard retreated over the Crem and the Peregrine (one of the Cathedral birds? I live in NR2 with the spire within view) chilled out high up with the Swifts (2 of whom are nesting next door). 2 fine new raptor garden ticks for me and the boy. It's gonna be a good day!

BirdBeards back on the block!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on June 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, it's been quite some time since the bearded duo have blogged and so a brief note on what's been going down Norfolk List stylee:

Le Hatt has birded hard and fast and taken a ridiculous lead of 35 species (including corkers such as Woodchat Shrike and White-Winged Black Tern, the boy has commitment) ; 167 to BirdBeard's 132.

I have done bugger all birding.


So, it was very nice to add a couple of new warbling ticks to my paltry page of birds. A jaunt around t...

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It's only a bloody Pied Flycatcher!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on April 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Nye and I found a corking male Pied Flycatcher this morning in the Crem. Adrenalin buzz like no other. Full report later, dudes. Get the cluck in! Me and my boy, top bloody birders!

See below:

So, having undergone the horror of a gastroscopy on Thursday, which confirmed that I have a hiatus hernia and resultant 'angry' patch of oesophagus, the lining of which has been burnt away by the acid reflux, a tonic indeed was needed.

I was up at 6....

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Of Kites and Cormorants

Posted by birdbeards2010 on March 7, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The miserably grey and wet morning was enlivened first by the sight of a flappy Cormorant cruising over Earlham Road and then by an extremely pleasing Red Kite expertly steering its way through the gale just past the Easton Roundabout. Only my 3rd Norfolk Kite and a new lister, this cheered me up no end, having felt pretty lousy with a stinking cold for the last few days.

At school, the rain brought out a load of feeding birds, all eager ...

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