|Posted by birdbeards2010 on February 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM|
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 opportunistic and satisfying addition to the Norfolk List 2012.
In other news, Le Hatt has been getting out and about and picking up some tasty numbers to boost his impressive list (it's strictly non-competitive this year, honest). Whilst he didn't manage the White Tailed Eagle or the mini-flock of Glossy Ibis, he did whallop a Whooper Swan or two and no fewer than 3 Velvet Scoter out Yarboo way. Good birding my friend. Rumour has it (well done to the gorgeously curvy Adele, by the way) that the BirdBeards will be on the run ensemble next weekend for a seawatch! Let's hope it's as impressive as the return of the mighty Humble in this week's Winterwatch. As fit and as knowledgeable as ever and knocking the rather disappointing Strachan into space.