The ‘Fabulous Five’ – left to right, Matt, Dan, Josh, Jake & Joe – Cley NWT
Just catching up on events of the last week…
On Monday we had just returned from a morning’s hide guide duties on the Cley NWT reserve when Colin, at the Centre, informed us that one of our sons was looking for us. It was Josh, who said he’d got a day off and thought he’d surprise us. He said he’d bought some lunch, which was on the viewing terrace. We went outside, only to find our other two UK based sons Matt & Jake – what a lovely surprise! They informed us that, whilst waiting for us to arrive, they’d seen a couple of strange birds down the delivery track behind the terrace. We went to investigate and out popped our other two sons Dan & Joe – one from Australia, his first visit since he emigrated in 2008 and the other from Chile, who left for foreign parts on a gap year in 2003, when he was only 17. Wow – all five of our sons, together in the UK, for the first time in over seven years! I struggled to take it in – I was well beyond my usual blubbering response on such occasions! And the reason for this ‘impromptu’ gathering? – my up coming 60th birthday on the Wednesday.
On the day of my birthday I had the pleasure of leading the NENBC mid-week walk at Felbrigg, accompanied by my two keen birding sons Dan & Jake. For my actual birthday meal, which involved numerous courses and went on from two until nine, I was joined by more members of the extended family, brother Rob, sister-in-law Gi and nephew Huw – all the way from Australia, Rosie & Pat, Alex and Katie & Noah, as well as my oldest and closest friends, Neil and Bob & Sue. And then, on Friday, my eldest brother Bryan, his wife Anne and my niece Kate arrived from the north of Scotland for the weekend – departing this afternoon! What a fabulous, if rather exhausting week!
On the birding front I guess the highlights have been Common Sandpiper on Felbrigg Lake – seen on the walk and still present today, Spotted Flycatcher – not seen on the walk but seen the following day and yesterday, Little Owl – adult and first youngster of the year on Thursday. I finished off a fabulous birthday week with a local ‘twitch’ to Gramborough Hill to see the Booted Warbler this afternoon!
Normal services will now be resumed!