Cathedral Birding, 9 October 2022

A Sunday to myself. So, as there have been some Black Redstarts hanging around Norwich Cathedral I decided to give them ago. Nothing else was pressing in this deadly dull autumn for birding locally.

Arriving at 08.30 I spent ages by the Edith Cavell monument/South Transept area where they have been favouring with no luck. A couple of wanders farther afield also yeilded nothing. Eventually, in the Upper Close at about 10.20 I found one on a rooftop along the Tombland edge and then another on the roof of the Norwich School Chapel before a 3rd bird (a nice male) around the left corner of the catherdral itself. They were all mobile and elusive, never staying in view for long. While there a single Peregrine was still hanging about on and around the top of the spire and a confiding Jay entertained. A little later a Grey Wagtail flew over Bank Plain. In the Cathedral Close the Wild Service Trees seem to have had a good year with loads of fruit.

Around the back of the Ribs of Beef pub I found a solitary Dense-flowered Mullein plant having only seen my first ones a week ago near Thretford!

On my walk back to the car a male Black Redstart was singing in Hooks Walk - presumably one of the cathedral birds.

                                                                                                                                       Black Redstarts

                                                                                                                               Wild Service Tree
                                                                                                                          Dense-flowered Mullein

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