Posts Tagged ‘West Runton

01
Jul
20

Feeding and Fledging

Feeding and fledging at its height now. Skylark on the cliff-top and Jackdaw in the village pub garden here in West Runton.

04
Jun
20

Stonechat

On our walks along the clifftop during May there’s been a couple of Stonechats that have obviously been holding territory in one of the hedgerows. As we stood on the clifftop looking at the sea, if we were quite still, they’d come alongside us to forage.

26
May
20

Snap me! Snap me!

This little fella just wouldn’t leave us alone as we were sea-watching the other day. He was just so desperate to have his photo taken he even hovered above us repeatedly.

23
May
20

Migrants

A couple of the commoner migrants in the last few days.

 

01
May
20

Cliffhanger

Walking along the cliffs last week this Wheatear popped up in front of us.

27
Apr
20

Kes

This little girl was particularly bold and confiding.

What could have been her mate was equally as bold when he hovered above us and stooped on what was probably a Field Vole just a few metres away.

 

23
Apr
20

Bits and Pieces

A few bits and pieces seen during the lockdown exercise walks in and around West Runton within the first half of April.

Quite a number of Stonechat wintered locally. Slowly numbers dwindled away in March/April as they moved back to their breeding areas

Thanks to Andy at Northrepps giving us ‘the shout’ a group of Cranes were picked up as they did their usual spring jaunt along the North Norfolk coast.

I’ve been surprised at the number of Red Kites seen on the coast this spring. I usually spend much of April each year in Scotland so never have a real chance of seeing these wonderful raptors on home turf

Wheatears are a wonderful hearald of Spring. Numbers got to around 17 in a single field on at least one day.

Given the lack of people around Foxes have been taking advantage and coming out more during the day. As a consequence we’ve found at least two dens we didn’t know where there.

Skylarks have been everywhere this April. Starting to pair and nest, fling North out to sea and coasting along the clifftops.

There have been four resident Kestrels entertaining us. This male was particularly bold.

We had up to eight Ring Ouzels in one field during the peak of passage

Several Green Woodpeckers around the village

Blackcap are now back in good numbers

Chiffchaff singing everywhere but few Willow Warblers at the moment

Lots of local Linnet but also a continuous movement east in the first few weeks of April

19
Apr
20

Guardian

Just you try and steal my eggs!

02
Apr
20

Lockdown and Underpants

A short walk from the house is all we are now allowed. Observed by many, but on our daily walk to the sea and back sadly it is still being ignored by some who drive to the car park at West Runton. A necessary journey? I think not. If we all drove to our favourite place of exercise the petrol stations would be busier increasing contagion incidence. Anyways I’m sure you’ve heard enough about the CV.

On our walk the other day a Dunnock hopped up in front of us. This small common bird with its velvet grey underparts was so close we could have touched it. It sang with such gusto and volume it froze the both of us. Just for a second I was instantly transported back 18 or so years to when my daughter was learning to read. I was driving home to Suffolk from Birmingham after a long day at the office. I never seemed to arrive home before little Holly was tucked up in bed so we had a daily half hour on the hands free as I was driving home. Her favorite pastime was to test her dad by reading out the descriptions in her bird book; and I had to guess the species. The description of Dunnock sticks in my mind. I was reliably told it was a small brown backed bird with grey underpants! From the mouth of babes.

16
Jan
20

A casual glance

The dining table catches the sun in the flat. Working there is infinitely preferable to the much darker study however this looked slightly different.

I was working away at the laptop and making phone calls when something flew passed the window. Gulls and Jackdaws are passing all the time. I only caught it out of the corner of my eye but I could tell it was worth getting up for and walking over to the window. I was surprised to see a jackdaw with a frosty twist to its plumage.




Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

July 2020
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Archives


%d bloggers like this: