Weekend winter walking, 20 & 21 January 2024

Two weekend walks that took us in completely different directions.

Saturday afternoon saw us at St James South Elmham and then at the Minster at St Cross South Elmham. The undoubted highlight was a large finch and bunting flock around an old sunflower field at the start of the walk to the minster. It consisted of c60 Yellowhammers (my biggest group for many a long year), 4 Reed Buntings, c20 Linnets, c10 Chaffinches and c6 Goldfinches with a female Bullfinch and Song Thrush also in the vicinity. At home a wintering Chiffchaff was in the front garden briefly.

Our Sunday excursion was to Ringland and a walk taking in a section of the Wensum Valley and Ringland Hills. A Water Vole plopped down into a partially frozen ditch, half a dozen Fieldfares were on the edge of the village and a Great White Egret over the marshes in the valley. Several Hoof Fungi were on birches in the woods. On the way we popped in to Christchurch Road in Norwich to take a look at a Grey Coral fungi found by Jeremy - a new species for me. 

                                                                                                                                  Grey Coral
                                                                                                                                     Hoof Fungus

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