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Friday, 15 July 2016

Garden Chiffchaff and odds and ends at Strump / Buck

I had a bit of meteorite-work to attend to today (always particularly satisfying to earn money when you run your own business!) but found time for a quick walk to the river at Buckenham: no sign of the Garganeys, but the DotE have resumed their futile 'flood defence' work, so not perhaps surprising. Just a couple of Godwits today and a few Buzzards and Harriers.

White Admirals are on the wing at Strumpshaw, but none landed for a portrait! However, I did find a more obliging Brown Hawker and a few of the more expected butterflies: it looks like being a very poor year for the Lepidoptera.

As I was working in the office, a movement outside made me look up: there on the patio table (and then in the acers by the pond) was a somewhat bedraggled Chiffchaff. I assume this is the bird that our friends and neighbours Peter and Sue have been seeing in their garden recently. A very welcome visitor: being surrounded by arable land we don't see or hear many warblers.

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