From the first hide saw a Juvenile Ruff and a Garganey.. that was nice!
Abundant berries are heralding the late summer ..
And about 3 of these Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillars were munching their way through plenty of greenery! They were huge!!
The following day we set off for Norfolk very early in the morning; we were well rewarded with this glorious sunrise as we greeted the day.
We travelled north in the expectation of having bacon, egg and sausage rolls at Walkers cafe en route. They weren't open as we got there and no signs of opening within a short time so, feeling even hungrier now, we headed off..... (oh what I would have given for .......)
Quite often our Norfolk trips are accompanied by bad weather and, although the day started brilliantly, the rain clouds gathered as we got nearer. However, we needn't have worried as they clouds lifted and glorious sunshine!!
We decided to walk from Morston Quay along to Blakeney... which is what we did...
and although the water was filling the creek when we arrived in Blakeney, by the time we came back there was but a trickle of water at the bottom of the mud.
We arrived back at Morston and had a fresh Crab Sandwich....ooh it was luverly!!
Still early in the day so we headed off for Sculthorpe Moor
It was incredibly quiet of birds or anything else that moved. A few birds were visiting the bird table including a pair of Bullfinches.
In the last hide before our return, a Marsh Harrier soared high in the distance - nice bird on a quiet day.
and Monday a quick trip over to Bushy Park. Nothing of any particular note in terms of birds.
I'd heard a Tck Tck Tck call in the shrubbery and, thinking it was a wren, I was pleased to see this Blackcap (not sure whether its a moulting male or a young one... any ideas?)
This family of Mallards have been in the same spot for a while now; sadly the number of ducklings is diminishing.
Mum had come out of the water but the bank was too steep here for her brood; she was getting quite anxious as her calls went unanswered.
I headed off home to catch up - an enjoyable time in Norfolk (thanks Pete) and a quiet visit to Bushy to round things off..