It was great to bump into some familiar faces and to make some new connections. I think I shall have plenty of wildlife to keep me amused, and some new groups to join, when I finally get to take that big step and move down to Suffolk.
I took the opportunity to buy some back numbers of the Suffolk Bird reports and transactions of The Suffolk Naturalists Society from their stall, at the bargain price of 30p each. I also invested £6 in the 2010 version, mainly because of the photo on the cover of a Noon Fly, Mesembrina meridiana. Coincidentally I photographed this species a couple of weeks ago myself but hadn't got round to trying to identify it.
|Noon Fly - Mesembrina meridiana|
On Sunday I was back in Norfolk, and spent most of the day in the garden tidying up. On the way back from the tip we had a drive round to see if there were still any stone-curlews about. I know there have been a few over-wintering the last few years. We spent some time scanning what I thought was the right pig field without success, and then found another just down the road where T was thrilled to spot 3 stonies pretending to be lumps of mud - a new bird for him. The 3 birds we saw were lined up along an electric fence, perhaps out of the way of the pigs.