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Oct
12

A fall of birds

As I looked out of the window on Monday I couldn’t see the hedgerow at the far end of the garden; thick, dense fog. I didn’t rush to get outside. How wrong I was. On stepping out of the door I was greeted with a clatter of wings as a large flock of Fieldfare took flight into the grey of the mist. Chaffinch were everywhere and the air was filled with the high pitched peeping of Goldcrest and the equally high pitched whistles of Redwings. There had been a fall of birds.

A high pressure and clear skies on Sunday night over Scandinavia had prompted birds to move south. When they hit the Norfolk Coast shrowded in fog they were grounded. A fall of birds.

I made my way coastward and was over-flown by wave after wave of thrushes. Down at the rockpile 3 to 4 Black Redstarts, Bramblings and more thrushes  flew in and swept up the cliff and a couple of Ring Ouzel made landfall. It was only a matter of time before one of us found something interesting. It was Tony and Rose that alerted us to an interesting Acrocephalus Warbler… but which one? After much observation and photographs the debate began.  I think we’re more or less all settled now on Reed Warbler with a slight bill abnormality… but I’ll stand corrected.

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