Tag Archives: 2011

Carol singer’s charity collection 2011

The Carol Singers collected £215 on Christmas Eve and this has been sent to Quidenham Children’s Hospice (part of East Anglian Children’s Hospices http://www.each.org.uk/) to give some small help to them as they support children and their families with the … Continue reading

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Fleeing Grebe

Dabchicks flee as soon as we approach. Flight is perhaps the wrong word, as they never try to get airborne; instead they propel themselves along the surface of the water in a whir of wing beats and skittering feet until … Continue reading

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Mermaid River finches

Finches flock along the Bure on a frosty morning. Goldfinches working hard on the river side Alders, but no sign of any Linnets so far. In fact thinking about the Brampton finch population the Linnets have declined but Goldfinches, Greenfinches … Continue reading

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Carol singer’s tale for 2011

Spontaneity is the key with village carol singing. Too much planning would take away the magic in some way. So, in spite of the odd telephone call which is made to ensure that we will not be a choir of … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve – Gabriel’s Hounds

The musical call of a skein of wild geese heralded the morning of Christmas Eve in Brampton. The wonderful sound of their calls, which evokes the music of a pack of hounds, echoed from the woods at Oxnead. Some call … Continue reading

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Blue diamond

The sighting of a Kingfisher lit up an otherwise dull December morning. At first it just appeared as a shape, albeit a familiar shape, perched on a pliant reed. As we approached it flew a few yards further away. As … Continue reading

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Mute swans plan ahead

Mute Swans in late November are planning ahead. Walking along the Bure this morning, I noticed a lot of swan activity. Bow-waving Cobs chase one another to defend a stretch a river; with wings raised, neck arched in sprung strength … Continue reading

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November full Moon

The full moon of Thursday night was a truly wonderful sight, sailing over the eastern Brampton sky at just the right elevation for a garden telescope-based view.  For half an hour, until the cloud cover put an end to proceedings, … Continue reading

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Early silence

A brief moment of silence this morning, broken only by the gentle contact calls of foraging flocks. Firstly a small flock of Redwings announce their presence by a their gentle sub whistling calls only to be echoed by Bullfinches. Now … Continue reading

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Leaf fall

The wind changed direction and blew steadily from the south east earlier this week. This change of angle served to strip the leaves from the poplars that line the Oxnead Road as well as those on the railway line. Hitherto … Continue reading

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