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Monday, 25 January 2021

Coronavirus: Thirty More Patient Deaths Recorded At King's Lynn Hospital

https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/coronavirus-thirty-more-patient-deaths-recorded-at-kings-lynn-hospital-9149472/

Covid-19 – Day 23!!!

I had a lovely phone call from Sarah B (who I work with and Sarah works part-time too) at 11.20am to ask if I wanted to go for a socially distanced walk with her and her little boy – I had to explain that I was still in bed!!! Even after that I closed my eyes again and woke up at 1pm, I know its sounds like I'm the laziest person ever, but seriously its only the Covid that has made me want to sleep so much! The Naproxen tablets still haven't made any difference to my 'Costochondritis' pain – I have no idea why!

Had brunch: poached eggs and baked beans on granary toast, whilst watching all the birds in the garden. My Blackbirds were not happy with me, having to wait for so long for their dried fruit top up! Every day I put the dried fruit out, a tame female Blackbird always dives in first, seconds after I have sprinkled them on the table! I didn't see the Song Thrush today.

This afternoon I went for a walk in a different little spot, where there are flooded fields and saw 55 Curlews, lots of Black-headed Gulls, 2 Redshanks, 1 Snipe, 1 Heron, Pheasants, Robin and a Blue Tit. It was nice to go somewhere different for a change. One day left, then I'm back at work on my birthday! I better have a practice run and get up at 7am tomorrow!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

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Short-eared Owl at Snettisham RSPB
Cattle Egrets x 3 at NE end of Burnham Market
Kittiwake briefly at Thorpe Marshes
Rough-legged Buzzard briefly at Cley NWT
Velvet Scoters x 6 at Weybourne Camp
Great Northern Diver flew past California
Iceland Gull at Caister-on-Sea
Russian White-fronted Geese x 7 at Bayfield Hall
Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
 
MEGA NEWS
LONG-LEGGED BUZZARD 1s
Flew over Hillwell and then Fair Isle (ID'd from photos) on 1st September 2019, Shetland

FIRST FOR BRITAIN: Long-legged Buzzard, Shetland and Fair Isle!

https://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/First_for_Britain_Long_legged_Buzzard%2C_Shetland_and_Fair_Isle.aspx?s_id=851184903

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Covid-19 – Day 22!!!

I know this sounds crazy, but I woke up at 2.30pm! The Naproxen tablets still haven't made any difference to my 'Costochondritis' – hopefully the pain will disappear soon. I really don't know how I'm going to have the strength to get up in the dark for work on Wednesday!

Had a shower, washed hair. Put some of my fruit cake out for the Blackbirds and Robins and had a new visitor to my garden! A Song Thrush appeared and was soon gobbling up pieces of brandy fruit cake – that will keep it warm later! Its ages since I last saw a Song Thrush, a lovely surprise. Drove into town to collect something ordered from M&S and then walked all around the town via the quayside in semi darkness to get some exercise. Saw a Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird and a few Mallards.

I heard some very sad news today via the Norfolk Link Magazine, which is emailed to me, Clifford Rumbellow husband of Pauline passed away on 3rd January aged 80 years. They live in Holme, only a few doors away from what was our family home. Both Pauline and Clifford have always been extremely supportive to all our family, especially when my mother was poorly. They have lived in their cottage since before my family moved into Holme, one of the few original locals left in the village. Such sad news. My sincerest condolences to Pauline and to her son Paul (who I went to school with) xxx.

Rest In peace Clifford 🕊

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Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Snow Buntings x 16 at Holme Dunes NWT
Red-necked Grebe at Bramerton
Iceland Gull at Caister-on-Sea
Russian White-fronted Geese x 59 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Russian White-fronted Geese x 33 at Bayfield Hall
Slavonian Grebe at Ormesby Broad
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Covid-19 – Day 21!!!

Saturday 23rd January

The Naproxen tablets have not kicked in yet at all and my 'Costochondritis' remains the same.  There was a small amount of sleet late afternoon, but nothing else. Lots of birds in the garden again today, including at least 6 Blackbirds, 30+ House Sparrows, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Starlings, Robin, Wood Pigeon and Collared Doves. Vivien sent me snowy pictures from Ely, so they had a fair bit there! She also sent me a cute picture of the local Muscovy Duck, enjoying some brown bread next to the narrow boat!

Muscovy Duck, Ely
©Vivien Clarke (cropped and edited by me)
 
 
Finally went food shopping at Sainsbury's late this evening to avoid the crowds. Its seriously slippery and icy out there this evening, so watch out in the morning. I felt exhausted just putting the shopping away, I don't know how I'm going to manage going back to work next week, but I'll give it my all!

Saturday, 23 January 2021

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Slavonian Grebe at Breydon Water
Iceland Gull, Velvet Scoters x 6, Great Northern Diver at Weybourne Camp
Russian White-fronted Geese x 48 at Bayfield Hall
Russian White-fronted Geese x 35 near Cley
Russian White-fronted Geese x 70 at Cley
Russian White-fronted Geese x 40 at Walsey Hills NOA
Iceland Gull at Caister-on-Sea
Water Pipits x 2 at Holme Dunes
Taiga Bean Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Friday, 22 January 2021

Coronavirus: UK Variant 'May Be More Deadly'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55768627

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55773405

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55773402

Covid-19 – Day 20!!!

Last night, the pains in the right side of my chest got worse and it was increasingly painful to turn over in bed. When I eventually got up, I filled in the on-line form that you have to do now, if you want to speak to a GP – I knew it would be a while before anyone rang me. Late afternoon I got in the car and drove into town to buy some calcium tablets from BOOTS that I had run out of. It was the first time I had left the house since last Sunday! Whilst walking to the chemist, a GP from my surgery rang me to discuss my symptoms and asked me to come to the surgery at 5.30pm – I was very pleased to get an appointment that quickly!

After seeing me, my doctor diagnosed me as having Costochondritis, which he thought was related to my Covid and was a 'post viral infection'. On the NHS website it is described as "inflammation of the cartilage that joins your ribs to your breastbone (sternum). This area is known as the costochondral joint. Cartilage is tough but flexible connective tissue found throughout the body, including in the joints between bones. It acts as a shock absorber, cushioning the joints. Costochondritis may improve on its own after a few weeks, although it can last for several months or more. The condition does not lead to any permanent problems, but may sometimes relapse." Another link here.

My GP took my temperature, which was 37ºC, Pulse 72 and SATS were 96% – so that was all good. He also used a stethoscope to listen for any breathing or chest issues etc and told me it was all fine – he didn't think it was anything more serious and advised me to take ibuprofen or Naproxen (which I had at home) to reduce the inflammation and it should get better over time.

Costochondritis, seemed to ring a bell with me and I felt sure I had this before, so searched in "Search My Blog" and found that I ended up in A&E with this in 2011, when I thought I had heart problems!!!

I'm hearing more and more little tales of birders being stopped by police along the coast and getting warnings and some getting fines, so stick to the rules and stay 'local', unless you want to lose £200!!!

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Iceland Gull at Winterton
Water Pipit at Blakeney Freshmarsh
Iceland Gull, Velvet Scoters x 4 at Weybourne Camp
Twite x 6, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Great White Egret at Breydon Water
Hen Harriers x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT
Water Pipits x 3 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB
Russian White-fronted Geese x 45, Tundra Bean Goose at Cley NWT
Night Heron (unconfirmed report) near Lenwade
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Thursday, 21 January 2021

A Day At The COVID19 Front Line At The QEH King's Lynn!

https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/exclusive-we-spent-a-day-at-the-covid19-front-line-at-the-qeh-kings-lynn-9149169/

Covid-19 – Day 19!!!

Nothing much to report. Several minor symptoms still ongoing, main one being still very fatigued. Feeling in a very low mood and almost feel institutionalized, maybe that's why I still haven't been food shopping.

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Iceland Gull, Russian White-fronted Geese x 52, Tundra Bean Goose at Cley NWT
Mealy Redpoll at High Kelling
Snow Buntings x 8 at North Beach, Winterton
Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour
Iceland Gull flew past California
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Covid-19 – Day 18!!!

No change from yesterday. Still not left the house at all. Its amazing what you can rustle up to eat, when you are putting off going food shopping!

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Velvet Scoters x 8 at Weybourne
Russian White-fronted Geese x 22 at Potter Heigham Marshes
Common Crane at West Caister
Bewick's Swans x 7 at Ludham Airfield
Russian White-fronted Geese x 11 at Cley NWT
 
MEGA NEWS
None

Biden Enters White House As 46th US President!

Thank goodness for that!

Watched the entire Biden inauguration live –  Joe's speech was incredible. So many emotional moments with Kamala Harris being sworn in as the first female, first black and first Asian-American Vice President. 22 year old Amanda Gorman has become the youngest poet ever to perform at a presidential inauguration, calling for "unity and togetherness" in her self-penned poem – wow, such confidence and words of wisdom for someone so young! Lady Gaga sang the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez sang "This Land Is Your Land" – both of them looked stunning and their voices were something else.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-55743415

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-55740014

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-55740013

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-55730480

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55738564 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55738746

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Covid-19 – Day 17!!!

Still exhausted and sleeping excessively. Taste and smell coming back a little bit, still have blocked nose. I STILL haven't summoned up enough energy to go food shopping! Don't feel fit enough or strong enough to return to work this week, but definitely planning to return next week on my birthday (27th). I had originally booked my birthday off as annual leave, but cancelled it today, not much point as can't see my sisters and can't go birding anywhere nice!

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Russian White-fronted Geese x 3, Iceland Gull, Snow Buntings x 30, Water Pipit at Cley NWT
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Pink-footed Geese x 2,000 at Cley
Bewick's Swans x 4 at Gillingham Marshes
Twite at Thornham Harbour
Hen Harrier flew over Ludham Bridge
 
MEGA NEWS
None

RBA Weekly Round-Up 12th to 18th January!

By Jon Dunn