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December 30, 2010

A flight of Wigeon are temporary winter visitors to the island.  Their plaintive whistling calls are the clearest signs of their presence – but the bold white wing markings on the males are confirmation enough.  They flock in their thousands along the marshy Norfolk coast or along the lower reaches of the Yare, but this was nothing but a small foraging party. The thaw has set in has perhaps there are early pickings for wild duck along the Bure.

The thaw has also released the scent of the fox from it’s frozen state. There are many hot spots which are seemingly important in the regular route. We will have to wait for the frosty starlit nights in order to listen to her territorial screams – such sounds do not carry in the wet misty and damp conditions which prevail.

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