|Posted by birdbeards2010 on August 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM|
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 rough track for short periods of time and I am able to knock up a bottle of baby milk without moving from my scope and so we have managed to leave the Welsh Girl in peace a few times now and start to notch a few more Norfolk lookers onto the list, creeping very very slowly up on the other new dad, the indomitable Le Hatt. Now, I missed out on a fair few good twitchables during Jr's early months and so there is a huge amount of work to do in order to make this year's contest a respectable battle, but me and the boy are up for it - as, I'm sure are Le Hatt and his gorgeous little Elsie (BirdBeards are now officially 4!)
Whilst Le Hatt has been ripping into the likes of Glossy Ibis, White Stork & White Winged Black Tern Nye and I have feasted our eyes on a few less glam but equally delicious feathered types. After being out of the game during those crazy zombified days of newborn sleep deprivation and trying to work out what the hell to do as a parent, the subtle prettiness of a well preened House Sparrow takes on a whole new appeal. A certain freshness has returned to my birding.
An early summer return to Strumps provided excellent close ups of some very smart Cetti's and Reed Warblers, before the flooded paths proved too much for even BirdBeard Jrs off-road buggying. Some family time out at Winterton then saw the turn of the terns, both Sandwich and Little. A very wet and hurried man and boy whizz around Cantley Beet Pools required hot pistol type wader IDing, with a proper good roll call of Wood Sandpiper, Knot & Curlew Sandpiper. A trip with the Teddington (formerly Tooting) Popular Birding Front to a thankfully quiet and un-annoying RSPB Titchwell gave up a pucker group of 9 Spoonbills. Beating a retreat to Waxy dunes proved very fruitful with Eider, a single Velvet Scoter anda first ever Sooty Shearwater hitting that list like some kind of fuel injected sort of thing. During an unexpectedly enjoyable donut, snail ride and chips Yarbo day out I managed to hook up with a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, weaving its way in an out of the delightfully inappropriate t-shirts. Then today a good power walk around Buckenham in search of an Osprey gave up 3 new Norfolk Listers: a family of 5 Yellow Wagtails, a single Green Sandpiper and a gorgerama Hobby, hunting the array of dragons...oh, and that was it wasn't it an LRP?!
So, we're all back up to date and the new BirdBeard - mobile (a classy Ford Focus Zetec!) is revved up and ready for a lot more avian action. Bring it!