Wheatfen: Ted Ellis Nature Reserve (January 2018)

I used to visit Wheatfen, the Ted Ellis nature reserve in Norfolk, usually every year with my parents as a kid and haven’t been for many years, so this spontaneous trip out to the reserve was a nice idea. It’s known for swallowtail butterflies, which of course we didn’t see in January, but we’ll try to go back in summer.

We did, however, see about 4 marsh harriers, a little wren, robins, blue tits, and a party of long-tailed tits. It was  beautiful sunny day and so warm we didn’t need our coats – worrying January weather.

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Marsh Harrier

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Robin

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Wren?

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Belted Galloway

We also saw two very stubborn swans who did not move out of way and completely blocked the path so we had to turn back. Has anyone had such an experience with swans? What do you do, just charge right past? If we had attempted that, we might have fallen into the marsh, so there really wasn’t space.

You’ve got to pick your fights, and I didn’t fancy a fight with 2 stubborn swan.

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A party of long-tailed tits followed us through the woods before one posed perfectly on the reeds for me.

 

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And some random photos to finish off.

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Snowdrops

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Reeds

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Gorse

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9 responses

  1. love the reeds. broom in bloom? (rhyme not intendend) already? wow. we have loads of broom wood in good ol’ Scotland of course but you rarely see it bloom before Easter. the pics of the reeds is really really nice. triggers some childhood memories. thanks for sharing.

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