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BirdBeards - the new generation.

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Today has been indescribable. No birds, but a new BirdBeard has appeared. The gorgeous and unbelievably tough Welsh Girl gave birth to our son Aneurin Tomos Clennell (BirdBeard Jr) at 1.45pm today Tuesday 17th January.

He is so lush and we are so lucky. Thank you Welsh Girl.

Bbbbrrrrrrrrrrramblings & Baby elusive encore

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So, the weekend hit and our 'loose' plans were made less loose by BirdBeard Jr's reluctance to leave the warm womb of the Welsh Girl. Thinking a good walk might get things moving I took the lucky lady and our precious parcel out for a spin to Felbrigg, with the promise of tea and cake not quite covering up my ever so slightly ulterior motives.

Hoping to get a surefire hit on the resident but wild Mandarins as well as break my battle with the nemesis Brambling, ...

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Obsession...a cautionary tail

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (1)

I have to share this story, supplied by my good friend Paul Roome (mean left-back for UCL 1st XI). It had and still has me cringing and laughing painfully. It was in response to the following Facebook status I posted:

Right then, let's see if a trip to look for a couple of birds and some chips will get this baby moving.

Warning - my mate is a twitcher and got a message that there was a rare bird sighted a couple of hours from Copenhagen so like all bird freaks would he p...

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Take me home, country road

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

Still waiting for the arrival of BirdBeard Jr. Welsh Girl is enjoying her maternity leave by being very busy and productive - her version of resting. I'm feeling pretty good really and still enjoying being back at work. In fact, we've made some excellent bags of Monty Don's leaf mould whilst tidying up the veg patches, just have to wait for them to rot down now. The site is alive with Grey Wagtails and the 30 strong flock of Common Gulls, as well as noisy Goldfinch tweeti...

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Bloody hell it's a....oh no it's not.

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

More of this thing called work today. Not as fun as birding but the kids are being pretty darned good at the moment, so can't complain. Very nice atmos at school.

Anyway, driving home in the mild & sunny afternoon my attention was drawn to a bird flap-flap gliding above the A47 near Hockering. Raptor, largeish looking with a seemingly deepish belly, tail darkly marked then white. Thought for an excitable moment that it was a Norfolk Goshawk (there was one tentativ...

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Creatures of happenstance

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

No birding today, as visits from the Uptons and then more baby shopping. However, I pleasingly added 2 more Norfolk spots today: a Feral Pigeon over the garden whilst washing up, and the local Sparrowhawk fighting with a Carrion Crow as I was pulling the cot mattress out of the dragon wagon. Creatures of happenstance indeed.

You're indestructible, always believe i-ii-iiin!

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I'd forgotten how nice and just how close the UEA Broad and surronds are, especially with the winter sun lighting everything up. I'd headed down there on the way to get some ice-cream (smash meringues on it, go on!) to look for some reported Goosander. I had a good stroll along the length of the lake, but there were definitely no Goosander about. I did, however, get beautiful close up views of a lovely Goldcrest - bird number 81! Also, I had a world record group...

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'Tis An Ill Wind That Blows No Minds

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (2)

For what could have been one of my last chances to travel a little, in search of some good listers, I decided to have a bit of a multi-location safari.

First stop was the right park in Costessy for the Waxwings. For anyone interested that park is the one with the library, between Breckland Rd & Three Something Lane. I got there a tad before half nine and within a minute or two a large flock of something caught my eye being all flighty off to the right edge of the ...

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Barking up the wrong tree

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

After half a day back in the classroom I decided a bit of exercise was in order and so took another stroll around the park by the River Tud in Costessey, in search of the Waxwings. I thought I had a possible flock of 5 flying around a fair way off, but to be honest they could have been pretty much anything. I had a good snout about and a look for the specimen Roach of old in the river (home of my personal best 2lb 4oz clonker). There were, however, no Waxwings. Pleasingly...

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Common Mistle-conceptions

Posted by birdbeards2010 on January 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Back to school today for my big return, after 4 months off with the damned glandular fever. I actually quite enjoyed it. Good atmosphere, nice to see people and time to get the brain working again. After a morning of autism and literacy, I wolfed doen Mandy's award-winning lasagne and took the chance to have a stroll on the blustery field, check out the allotment and see what was about bird-stylee.

It was a good idea. Not only refreshing but a lively and smart looking flock ...

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