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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Father is 'Medically Fit'!!!

Well maybe he is on paper, but he doesn't look ready to be discharged to me, but he is going back to the care home tomorrow. They wanted to send him back today, but I pointed out that surely it was sensible and a better use of NHS money to trial how he is with no intravenous fluids or antibiotics etc for at least 24 hours before discharging him!!! It seems black and white/common sense to see how he is with simply food and water for a few days, rather than discharging him straight away, only to have him back in again, which is massively distressing to him and at a higher cost to NHS! Common sense? Not many people seem to have that nowadays!

I also discovered today, that Lactulose had not been given at all, when Father normally has this daily in the care home and this has now caused 'problems' – I will leave you to work out what, without me going into gory details! Let's just say, that Father is not as comfortable as he normally is and hopefully this will be sorted before discharge. I still can't believe he has survived, after everything he has gone through! But he looks so frail now, I really can't see him lasting much longer.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford.
Hooded Crow on Sunday, still in pig field at Mautby Lodge.
Smew redhead at Filby Broad.
Purple Sandpiper on rocks by boat ramp, Glaucous Gull on beach, Iceland Gull on beach at Beeston Bump at Sheringham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Pink-footed Geese x 9,500, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 in field south of B1454, 1.5 miles east of Sedgeford.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter and Russian White-fronted Geese x 11 on grazing marsh at Holme.
Waxwing in garden at Holt.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 827 at Heigham Holmes.
Velvet Scoter at Hemsby.
Cattle Egret at Gapton Marshes.
Shorelarks x 29 on beach 1 mile west of Holkham Gap, Holkham Bay.
Caspian Gull at Fisherfleet, King's Lynn.
Black Redstart still at East Quay, Wells.
Twite x 40, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 10, Velvet Scoters x 10, Great Northern Divers x 2, Black-throated Diver, Water Pipits x 2 on Thornham Pool at Titchwell RSPB.
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits.
Black-necked Grebe, Scaup x 2 at Blakeney Harbour.
Slavonian Grebe, north of west end, Glaucous Gull at Blakeney Point.
Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull, Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Bewick's Swans x 2,413, Whooper Swans x 2,385 at Welney WWT.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 50 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham.
Hawfinches x 28, Crossbills x 3 at Lynford Aboretum.
Snow Buntings x 22 at North Beach, Winterton.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT still at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

Monday, 16 January 2017

TLC From Me!

Father needed some TLC when I arrived on the ward this afternoon. He was sitting in a recliner chair in a theatre gown with his arms hugged across his chest – he looked cold and said he was cold and he didn't look very well. I was not happy. He had a blanket over his lap, but his socks and slippers sat on the chair. I put his cardigan and socks on – these two items made all the difference. I shaved him and washed his hair. He may well have declined all of the above (although unlikely), but a person who has suffered a stroke and has cognition problems/dementia does not always give accurate answers. Someone had made him a drink with the thickened fluids, but it was plain water – next to the drink stood a bottle of lemon barley and Ribena – obviously the person who made this up has never tasted thickened water..... its like wall paper paste!

I then took him to sit in the day room to have his supper. He ate everything, the soup, main course, rice pudding and half my banana I mashed up with an ice-cream and nearly all his coffee. He looked a better colour in his face now, warm clothes, warm food, hugs – simple things for a frail 90 year old. I wish I could give up my job to look after him, but alone financially, I can not do this.

I was told this afternoon that he is almost medically fit for discharge – yeah right!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Smew redhead on Billy's Wash, Cley NWT.
Siberian Chiffchaff (possible) in reed debris along main path, Long-tailed Ducks x 30, Spotted Redshanks x 2, Velvet Scoters x 20, Great Northern Divers x 2, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver at Holme.
Hawfinches x 4 still at Alymerton.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 200 in field north of Creak Abbey at North Creake.
Black Redstart at East Quay, Wells.
Glaucous Gulls x 2 off The Promenade at The Leas, Black Redstart at Sheringham.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Smew redhead at Filby Broad.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 59 on Ken Hill Marshes, Scaup x 23  on The Wash at Snettisham.
Snow Buntings x 50 at Little Eye, Salthouse.
Twite x 42, Spotted Redshank at Thornham Harbour.
Glaucous Gull flew east at Blakeney Point, Scaup x 11 at Blakeney Harbour.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull at Burrell Way, Thetford.
Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull at Welney WWT.
Todd's Canada Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 in field opposite entrance to Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
Common Cranes x 3 at Heigham Holmes.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 104 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Little Gull, Great Northern Diver at Hemsby.
Glaucous Gull on rocks at West Runton.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Roydon Common NWT.
Hawfinches x 25 at Lynford Aboretum.
Great White Egrets x 2 at Colney Gravel Pits.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in fields north of Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Family & Wagtail Gathering!

My Mother was finally well enough with her cold/virus to visit Father today. We all met up to be with Father this afternoon – Lucy, Vivien, Mother and I. On route to picking Mother up I stopped at Wolferton and got lucky with fabulous views of the male Golden Pheasant at 3.45pm, strutting across the road and then along the verge, before disappearing underneath the canopy of the Rhododendrons!

My family have not seen Father for a good few days and he was quite poorly the last time they saw him. They all thought he looked quite well, but I didn't feel he did at all. In fact, he looked very poorly in my eyes. He was very quiet, I didn't get a single smile and although more subdued than last night, he still seemed to be hallucinating a bit. The nurse said his blood pressure was a little low, but all obs. were fine otherwise. He didn't really seem aware that Mother was there sadly.

We followed the QEH rules at meal time – Vivien went off to the canteen and Lucy and Mother sat in the Day Room whilst I fed Father. Meals are 'protected time' and no visitors are supposed to be on the ward unless one person is feeding a patient. Pity other families on the ward did not do the same! Father ate quite well and had most of the main course, half of the rice pudding and most of a coffee dessert and most of his coffee! He was very quiet and seemed like he had given up – very sad to see him like this.

I took Mother and Lucy to see the Pied Wagtail Roost along the finance corridor, which they were both fascinated by. We estimated a couple of hundred birds were huddled together in the bushes – so wonderful to watch these fluffy bundles of cuteness!!! We went to the canteen for a short while, returned to say good night to Father and all left. I took Mother home and sat with the cat for a while, before returning to King's Lynn.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gulls x 2, Yellow-legged Gulls x 2 on roof by Howdens Joinery off Burrell Way, Thetford.
Caspian Gull at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater at Holme.
Glaucous Gull at Winterton.
Firecrest along West Bank Path, Water Pipit, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 4, Water Pipits x 5 at Titchwell RSPB.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 30 at Hemsby.
Smew redhead at Filby Broad.
Taiga Bean Geese x 12, Russian White-fronted Geese x 320 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Water Pipits x 2 at Cantley Beet Factory.
Short-eared Owl at Admiralty Point.
Waxwings x 2 in Barford Road at Sheringham.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 17 on Ken Hill Marshes at Snettisham.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Black Redstart at Sheringham.
Glaucous Gull on north basin at Fisher Fleet, King's Lynn.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle (PAC).
Hawfinches x 9 opposite Appletree Cottage at Alymerton.
Cattle Egret still at Halvergate.
Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Diver, Scaup at Blakeney Harbour.
Short-eared Owl at Haddiscoe Marshes.
Great White Egrets x 2 at Colney Gravel Pits.
Hawfinches x 29 at Lynford Aboretum.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in fields north of Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Priestwood Farm, Foulness Island, Essex.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Visit To Father

In normal circumstances I would have been off along the coast to photograph and witness the storm surge damage, but I was simply exhausted and did not leave the house until early evening.

I phoned Eddie to hear about the state of Cley reserve, which sounded worse than the 2013 storm surge. Sadly with no protection from the sea, this will happen time and time again. All the hides are immersed in sea water up to the hide flaps in the central hides (Daukes's etc), the A149 is still flooded and inaccessible. Beach Road is 'neck high' in water. Eddie walked along the West Bank to get to coastguards to find the 'beach hotel' filled with shingle again as last time. The loss of wildlife will obviously be substantial. Whilst the rest of the coast faired better, Cley has suffered badly again. More information along the coast here.

I left my house to visit Father and to help him with his tea at 6pm. I arrived at the hospital to a 'bloody' scene. When I walked into the bay on the ward, my Father was obviously not himself and was fidgeting, confused and clothes were stained red with blood. Its sounds worse than it was – he had just pulled out his cannula before I turned up I was told. With nurses busy feeding patients, I decided not to wait and managed to change the sheets and Father's pyjamas myself with help from a lovely nursing auxilliary towards the end of my mission. Father had been fine all morning I was told and had eaten all breakfast and lunch and was conversing normally and was relaxed etc. They had noticed a change in him this afternoon and apparently his potassium levels were low and this can sometimes cause confusion in someone. A bag of potassium was being given intravenously, but with cannula out, this was not going in now! He ate all his tea with me, which was something.

I had no intention of staying all evening, but I ended up doing just that. Another cannula was inserted and the potassium was restarted. Father got worse and looked like he was hallucinating – he was tugging at sheets, clothes, me, the bed rails, everything. He would not keep still for a second and was rambling continuously about everything and nothing. I stayed to stop him pulling out the cannula again, which would have happened if I had left, but I had to go in the end, it was obviously going to continue through the night. I asked staff to ring me, if he became any worse.

I sighed as I walked out of the hospital – such difficult times, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. The seven days of antibiotics finishes this coming Tuesday. The question is, how Father's body will react after that? Will it want to go on or not? I diverted to the garage shop for a chocolate fix and collapsed on the sofa at home.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull on roof by Howdens Joinery off Burrell Way, Thetford.
Velvet Scoters x 19, Long-tailed Ducks x 2, Scaup at Titchwell RSPB.
Glaucous Gull north of Crossbank at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Waxwings x 2 in Barford Road at Sheringham.
Glaucous Gulls x 4 at Sheringham.
Smew redhead at Filby Broad.
Taiga Bean Geese x 3, Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes.
Glaucous Gull flew west at Overstrand.
Hooded Crow still in pig field at Mautby Lodge.
Great White Egret, Russian White-fronted Geese x 175 at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Cattle Egret at edge of village at Halvergate.
Common Cranes x 2 near Acle Bridge.
Hawfinches x 29, Crossbills x 4 at Lynford Aboretum.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still, Common Scoter on Broadwater, Tunda Bean Goose x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 11, Pink-footed Geese x 1,000 on grazing marsh at Holme.
Waxwing in hedge by B1155 at Burnham Overy Staithe.
Shorelarks x 34 on beach at Brancaster.
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 south of Wissington Beet Factory, SE of Downham Market.
Hen Harriers x 2 at Roydon Common NWT.
Great White Egret at Welney WWT.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in fields north of Pig Lane at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

MEGA! FORSTER'S TERN NW of Kinvarra & East of Cloosh, County Galway, Ireland.

Lucky Friday 13th For Father!

I wasn't looking forward to today. Friday 13th is not a good day for my family, one of the reasons being that Father had his first stroke on Friday 13th. But today was a good day for him – he continues to make progress against all the odds and was taken off the oxygen this morning! He was sitting out in a recliner chair when I arrived and I helped him with his lunch. He was alert and smiley and looked so comfortable in the chair. Its a long time since I have seen him positioned so well, generally he is sitting forwards in a chair with trunk leaning right and unsupported.

I did chuckle when I heard from a couple of people, that a new doctor was assessing my Father this morning and asked him how many fingers he was holding up!!! I bet he felt rather silly, when it was pointed out that Father is blind! That will teach him not to read previous medical history before coming to assess a patient! Also the new patient boards above the beds have symbols, one of which indicates that father has poor vision – I have made it clearer and written 'BLIND' – lets hope people see this!!!

I still felt tired today and went home at about 3.30pm, fell asleep and then returned to visit Father for an hour and a half in the evening. There was a light covering of snow first thing this morning, but it all disappeared later. The strong northerly winds blew down a fence panel in my back garden!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY
Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Smew redhead at Filby Broad.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gulls x 2 on roof by Howdens Joinery off Burrell Way, Thetford.
Snow Buntings x 32 on North Beach at Winterton.
Cattle Egrets x 2 east of Halvergate.
Glaucous Gull, Purple Sandpiper at Overstrand.
Waxwings x 2 in Barford Road, Glaucous Gull, Slavonian Grebe, Velvet Scoters x 3, Purple Sandpipers x 3 at Sheringham.
Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 south of Wissington Beet Factory, SE of Downham Market.
Glaucous Gull flew east at Cley.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Cley NWT.
Glaucous Gull at end of Beach Road at Salthouse.
Great White Egrets x 2 at Colney Gravel Pits.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater at Holme.
Glaucous Gull on mud opposite Rotary Hide at Snettisham RSPB.
Scaup x 2 at Ormesby Little Broad, Ormesby St Margaret.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in orchard at Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Storm Surge, Norfolk!!!

The Storm Surge Hits Norfolk tonight, but not to the extent as it did in 2013

Sadly, Cley and Salthouse NWT Reserves are submerged again and the A149 became a raging river between Blakeney and Sheringham.

http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/cley_bird_reserve_sunk_as_storm_surge_forces_residents_to_flee_homes_on_the_coast_1_4849173?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

Steve Gantlett who lives in Cley reported on Twitter "10.00pm The Cley flood is now onto the service road above the A149 in front of my house, so only inches below the 2013 flood level."

Holme Reserves seem to be Ok, looking at Robert Smith's photos of the tide tickling the sea defences this evening.

The tide spills onto Wells Quay, but the sea did not breach the town's defences.
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/wells_escapes_threatened_flood_1_4849149 

Just found a webcam for Sheringham:
http://visitsheringham.co.uk/webcam/ 

Waves breached sea defences at Walcott this evening:
http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/villagers_take_refuge_in_pub_as_storm_surge_batters_walcott_1_4849198

The full extent of the damage will obviously not be known until daylight.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Another Miracle!

I was so exhausted, I slept until 11.30am! Went to the hospital to help Father with his lunch. My colleagues had hoisted him out into a recliner chair and he looked really well. The Resperidone had obviously kicked in from yesterday and the response I got was fabulous! A big smile and 'I feel alot better today' when I asked how he was. Shortly after arriving, Father had to be moved out of his cosy side room into a main bay as he is not 'poorly' anymore and his room was needed for someone else now – this was a pity as it was a lovely room to be in.

I went up to the canteen for lunch and then later on went to the care home in Heacham to pick up a bag of clothes and slippers etc. I then did a mini shop for Mother in Sainsbury's and went to see how she was. I feel like I havn't seen Mother for ages, but it was only Saturday when I saw her last – she looked ill, but not as bad as I thought she would. Her voice is still very croaky and full of cold, but she has got through the worst of it I think. She is taking the prescribed antibiotics and this is the first time she has ever had antibiotics!!!

No snow here in North West Norfolk yet, but plenty of rain this evening. I returned to the hospital and dropped in a set of clothes for Father to wear tomorrow. He looked so cosy and relaxed in bed and I got another lovely smile. The nursing staff can't believe how much he has improved and neither can I – another miracle!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Waxwings x 15 on Radcliffe Road at Thorpe Marriott.
Hawfinches x 4 at Alymerton.
Waxwings x 7 still near Anglia Square, Norwich.
Snow Buntings x 40 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Cattle Egrets x 2 east of Halvergate.
Tundra Bean Geese x 9, Russian White-fronted Geese x 50 at The Hangs at Cley.
Iceland Gull flew west past north end of East Bank, Spoonbill on Arnold's Marsh at Cley NWT.
Iceland Gull briefly at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford.
Snow Buntings x 28 on North Beach at Winterton.
Glaucous Gull on mud just north  of Crossbank at Snettisham Coastal Park.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still, Scaup on Broadwater, Russian White-fronted Geese x 10, Tundra Bean Geese x 8 on grazing marsh at Holme.
Twite x 30 at Thornham Harbour.
Shorelarks x 29 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay, Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebes x 2, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Holkham Gap, Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Great White Egret on Freshmarsh at Holkham.
Taiga Bean Geese x 6 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Caspian Gulls x 2 on roof by Howdens Joinery off Burrell Way at Thetford.
Black Redstart on lifeboat slipway, Glaucous Gull flew east at Sheringham.
Glaucous Gull on beach east of path, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Smew at Filby Broad.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.

MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT remains at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Exhausting Day, But With Love & Support From West Raynham Team!

I had a rubbish night's sleep. I tossed and turned and felt worse when I woke up than I did yesterday. I knew I wasn't going to get any more sleep, so got up and slowly got ready. My mind and body was in slow motion. I have not felt like this for a long time...... today I felt like I was trapped in a bubble and everyone else was outside that bubble – its very difficult to explain this feeling, unless of course you are someone who suffers with depression, which I do – I just don't often talk about it publicly. I didn't feel like being amongst lots of people today. I was emotional on and off throughout the day.

I arrived at the hospital, just before midday, in time to help Father with his lunch. He had eaten well at breakfast I was told. He was alert but looked pale, drained and fatigued. The staring eyes and hallucinating continued as yesterday and attempting to remove the sheets etc. The Resperidone (for his dementia) was not given until 4pm, but this did start to take effect later on thank goodness and he settled. I have had some very kind support from all my colleagues and I thank you all so much for this. Thanks to Cara for putting a plate of food goodies together for me this afternoon!

Huge praise to all the staff who work on West Raynham ward, who work so hard and compassionately. In my opinion, there are never enough staff on any of the wards in the QEH or most hospitals come to that. If I could shake it all up, I would get rid of all the unnecessary people at the top on over a £100,000 pa. and have two nursing auxillaries per bay of six people which would give first class attention to patients and time to have conversations with them, to cheer them up and lift their spirits etc. I can't see this ever happening!

After helping Father with his tea, I left about 8.30pm and felt it was slightly easier to leave than last night. He was almost asleep when I left him and he looked frail, but comfortable and peaceful. Hoping I will sleep soundly tonight!

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
WHITE-BILLED DIVER possible, flew east at 9.25am, Iceland Gull flew east, beach car park, Cley.
Smew Redhead at north end of East Bank at Cley NWT.
Purple Sandpiper on rocks by museum at Sheringham.
Shorelarks x 30 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Glaucous Gull flew west, Purple Sandpiper at Overstrand.
Tundra Bean Geese x 5, Pink-footed Geese x 2,000 in field near Brograve Farm, Waxham.
Cattle Egrets x 3 east of Halvergate.
Iceland Gull flew east over beach from Gun Hill, Burnham Overy Dunes.
Glaucous Gulls x 2, Snow Buntings x 25 at Salthouse.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 in fields between Clippesby and Billockby.
Taiga Bean Geese x 7 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Glaucous Gull, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 at Welney WWT.
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 in field at Abbey Farm, Flitcham.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still at Malthouse Broad, Ranworth.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater, Black-throated Diver, Long-tailed Ducks x 15 on sea at Holme.
Twite x 2 at Thornham Harbour.
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens.
Hawfinches x 2 at Alymerton.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Pink-footed Geese between Docking and Sedgeford.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2 at Haddiscoe Island.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

RBA Weekly Round-Up to 4th to 10th January!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/weeklyroundup2017-02.aspx?s_id=821180856

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Stressful Day!!!

I have stayed with my Father every night since he was admitted and have been dozing in recliner chairs by his bedside, but the novelty of that wore off! Last night I set up a camp bed with four old wheelchair cushions with my thermorest camp mat on top, all wrapped up with a sheet and with pillows, this was a much better bed! I did get some sleep, but my body was now craving for my own bed and undisturbed sleep. I'm a tough cookie (Father like Daughter), but even I can only take so much.

Father was still fairly alert and managed to eat a small amount of pureed breakfast. Whilst the nurses changed my father's mattress to a nimbus air mattress (better than normal one) and washed him, I went off to the shop to buy him some lemonade to add to the thickened drinks. Today was stressful to say the least.

A very much respected and lovely doctor had a long 'family' chat with me and basically (my words) said we had a choice of two paths: 1) just carry on naturally as we are with oxygen and food/drink if Father requests and see if he improves naturally or 2) give a course of 7 days of antibiotics intravenously and active treatment, to see if the sepsis can be combated once and for all. He explained that the dose of antibiotics that were administered in A&E early Saturday morning, were probably now only starting to take affect and that was probably why Father was a little more alert. Two other seniors of the ward thought we should try 2). After much discussion with the rest of the family we initially decided that we would let nature take its course, but none of us could really make our minds up and this was incredibly stressful. My mother asked the question (by telephone to me) 'what would they have done in best interests if there had been no family?' Good point....... so I asked the doctor this question and he replied (more or less word for word) that he wouldn't be 'fixed either way, but would have been inclined to try the 7 day's antibiotics, being as they know what the bug is and is potentially treatable'. He could not give me a prognosis and said that it was a very difficult situation and choice. He explained that someone who had started eating, could go on for days or longer, even if they were not going to make it in the end and that the antibiotics could make things worse or better (worse because of the diarrhoea that happens with heavy doses of antibiotics. So I phoned Mother and Vivien and we decided to go with the the Doctor's chosen path.

So, late afternoon, saw lots of things happening: cannula inserted, antibiotics started, obs being taken, fluids put up etc! Father has not had Resperidone for several days and you could see that he needed this, as he was starting to fidget, pulling sheets off and pulled the cannula out!!! Another had to be inserted. Staring eyes looking around the room, which means he was hallucinating and then later stages he would be shouting etc etc. The liquid form of Resperidone could not be got this late at night, so this would not be able to start until tomorrow when the pharmacy re-opened. The face mask oxygen was removed and replaced with nasal specs, which was much more comfortable for Father. His obs were all good, which surprised me.

I found it torture to leave this evening, but had no choice, my mental state was not good and I was exhausted. I put off leaving and kept faffing about, tidying the room etc. Some people will definately think I was over the top staying every night, but I didn't feel it was at all – on Saturday we were told he wouldn't make it and that it was just a matter of hours, so naturally when he made it to Saturday evening, I didn't want him to die alone, so I stayed. In disbelief that he made it to Sunday, I stayed again and the same on Monday. Anyway, I said goodnight to Father – he looked so frail and vulnerable and the look on his face said he didn't really want me to leave – I walked out of the room and was a real state emotionally as I left the ward.

It felt heaven to get into my bed, but I was overtired.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Glaucous Gull on beach at Brancaster.
Waxwings x 11 on Edward Street, Norwich.
Glaucous Gull on beach, Long-tailed Ducks x 28, Velvet Scoters x 22, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Firecrest on Fen Trail at Titchwell RSPB.
Smew Redhead on The Serpentine, Tundra Bean Goose, Russian White-fronted Goose, Water Pipit, Glaucous Gull flew west at Cley NWT.
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Gapton Marshes.
Hawfinches x 7 in garden at Aylmerton.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 7 on sea at Holme.
Lapland Bunting in rough field, south of coastal footpath to Holme.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Glaucous Gull on beach, Snow Buntings x 40 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Red-crested Pochard at Ormesby Broad.
Tundra Bean Geese x 36 in fields between Clippesby and Billockby.
Great White Egret, Hen Harrier at Lynn Point, King's Lynn.
Hen Harrier over Thornham Marsh.
Great White Egret at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Cattle Egret east of Halvergate.
Short-eared Owls x 3 at Halvergate Marshes.
Snow Buntings x 25 on beach, Hen Harrier at Winterton.
Taiga Bean Geese x 21 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Hawfinch yesterday at Nunnery Lakes NR, Thetford.
Shorelarks x 28 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Glaucous Gull, Scaup x 20 on The Wash at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 15 at Ken Hill Marsh, Snettisham.
Glaucous Gull flew north at South Beach, Heacham.
Purple Sandpipers x 2 opposite the Crown Pub at Sheringham.
Hooded Crow still, in pig field south of Mautby Lodge.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 near Wissington Beet Factory.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 220 in field north of Creake Abbey, North Creake.
Hawfinches x 42, Crossbills x 5 at Lynford Aboretum.
Waxwings x 20 in garden at Rackheath.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Short-eared Owls x 2 views from Burgh Castle at Haddiscoe Island.
Tundra Bean Goose x 9 Russian White-fronted Goose x 7 between Ringstead and Choseley.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Tender Loving Care

Father is still here, against all odds. Spoke to a lovely consultant today who advised and was very kind - he also said that if Father was alert and wanted to eat he could, which surprised and confused me, as I didn't think he was allowed to in his state. He was more alert today and had an ice-cream!!!! Plus purée rice pudding later! A weird day. He remains TLC (tender loving care). Can't write anymore as exhausted. Good night.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Still here.........

I can not believe that my dear Father is still here on his second day. With only oxygen to keep him alive, he still refuses to give up. He is much poorer today and breathing is slower. I was very freaked out by something unexpected today when I asked him if he knew I was here and he gave me a little nod! This brought tears to my eyes, but it was comforting to know that he knew I was here. The A&E doctor told me yesterday that he would not be aware of us now, but that is obviously not the case! Someone senior on the ward told me that hearing is one of the last things to go. 

My sister Lucy came for a short while today and Vivien has spent a long time here, but then was torn between our poorly Mother and staying here - in the end, she went to look after Mother, who's cold virus sounds awful. My work colleagues have been so supportive today in so many ways and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Saddest Day Of My Life

I was woken by a phone call from the Care Home at 3.26am - Father was unresponsive and had been taken by ambulance to A&E. The A&E team also phoned me to say how poorly he was. It was so scary and I was very traumatised when I got there. It took a long time to get hold of my family - I picked Lucy up. Vivien drove from Ely to Holme to pick Mother up. The doctor said that it would be kinder to let things take their course naturally, which I agreed with and they made him comfortable with pain relief etc and left the oxygen on. The Urosepsis had returned.

I had to be treated in A&E for shock - felt faint, sick and later on I was violently sick and got told to go home - my temperature was 38.3. I went home at about 2.45pm and got straight into bed - it was dreadful to leave him but I had no choice. He was not aware of us anymore. I rested/slept for about 3 hours - wasn't sick anymore and returned to the hospital. Vivien was still by his bedside - she had taken Mother and Lucy home earlier as they couldn't cope any more. Father has now been moved to my own ward, West Raynham and I sit here now waiting for the end alone. Vivien has returned to look after Mother who has the nasty cold virus, as does Vivien. Both my sisters have been incredible today.

He is battling on - I wish he wouldn't, this is so cruel it's unbearable. I know he is 90 years old but I still adore him and just want him to die peacefully.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Father Discharged Back To Summerville House!

I can not believe the recovery my Father has made since last week! After being admitted to hospital and spending three days in a near death state, he has battled through and with the amazing clinical skills of the Consultant and Doctors and the care from some wonderful Nursing Auxilliaries and Staff Nurses, he is still here! He was medically fit to leave today and an ambulance took him back to Summerville House Care Home at just after 1pm (whilst I was at work). I heard later on that he was smiling when he returned back to the care home and did not want to go to bed. He was sitting out in an armchair for the first time in ten days! I warned the care home that he would need to be full hoist now, as he has lost strength and energy, but when I visited later on, I was told he had managed the standing hoist! I returned all his clothes and hospital bag and put everything away in the wardrobe and draws. He looked settled and cosy in his bedroom and was asleep. It's such a relief that he is ok, its been a very stressful and traumatic time for all my family and again thank you all very much for your wonderful support and kind messages. It really is a miracle that he survived – obviously not his time to depart yet!

I then visited Mother who sounded extremely ill over the phone with this horrible cold virus that lots of people have had and when I arrived at the house, she looked awful, full of cold and a hacky cough. Helped her with a few things and then returned home.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Cattle Egrets x 2 at Halvergate.
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits.
Waxwings x 15 near Anglia Square, Norwich.
Glaucous Gull, Long-tailed Duck x 56, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe at Titchwell RSPB.
Hen Harrier along Acle Straight, Great Yarmouth.
Tundra Bean Geese x 12, White-fronted Geese x 3, Barnacle Geese x 7, Whooper Swans x 3, Hen Harrier at Clippesby.
Bewick's Swans x 2 flew south, Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 26, Hen Harrier at Winterton Beach.
Hen Harrier at Breydon Water.
Scaup x 21 at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.
Great White Egret at Earlham Marsh.
Glaucous Gull, Twite x 20 at Thornham Harbour.
Snow Buntings x 40 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater at Holme.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Malthouse Broad, Ranworth.
Shorelarks x 27 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Taiga Bean Geese x 20 at Cantley Marshes RSPB.
Hen Harrier at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.

MEGA! PINE BUNTING Fem. at Venus Pool Nature Reserve, Shropshire.

Hospital Update!

Thursday 5th January
At lunch time I went to see the Ward Manager to discuss Father's progress and requested that he is discharged to the care home, as soon as he is medically fit. I also met with the Speech Therapist and she recommended that Father should now be 'Puree 2' Diet and have 1.5 scoops of thickener in all his drinks. He coughed and choked far too much on normal liquids and on 'Soft Diet'.

The catheter had been removed and everything was working normally. The gel had been applied around Father's mouth/lips and it looked like it had almost healed, so it must have been applied regularly since the previous night.

This evening, Father had to have a blood transfusion (1 litre of blood) as his hemoglobin level was low, because of the blood loss over the past few days. The staff nurse wanted him to keep his arm straight during the transfusion, so I decided to stay for the three hours this took, to ensure his arm remained straight! He was more settled this evening as the Resperidone was now being given. I was told that if Father's blood test was ok tomorrow morning, that he would be able to return to the care home!

Father still seemed sad and said "I'm not going to get out of this one" – I promised him that he had and that he would be going home this week – "I'll take your word for it" he said. He continually said he was cold, as the transfusion was taking place – I had forgotten how cold this makes you feel. I had 3 litres of blood given to me when I was dangerously anaemic, many years ago and it reminded me of how it makes you feel – it feels like ice trickling through your veins!

When the transfusion had finished, a very nice Staff Nurse told me that Father had been crying so much during the night (Wednesday night) that he had sat and written his notes next to Father's room to keep him company – how kind of him. I left Father settled and returned home.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Shorelarks x 2 west of Beach Road, Snow Buntings x 50 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Glaucous Gull on pool near north end of Beach Road at Salthouse.
Glaucous Gull on Arnold's Marsh, Cley NWT.
Snow Buntings x 2 at Outer Harbour, Great Yarmouth.
Glaucous Gulls juvs x 3 east of main path, Lapland Bunting, Long-tailed Ducks x 40, Great Northern Diver at Titchwell RSPB.
Glaucous Gull flew east at Thornham Harbour.
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Russian White-fronted Geese x 2, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Hen Harrier at Flitcham.
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Halvergate.
Glaucous Gull on beach north of Cross Bank, Scaup x 16, Great Northern Diver at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Hooded Crow in pig fields at Mautby Lodge.
Tundra Bean Geese x 11, Russian White-fronted Geese x 6 NE of Stanhoe.
Tundra Bean Goose at Ludham.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater at Holme.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Malthouse Broad, Ranworth.
Glaucous Gull, Snow Buntings x 30 on beach at Winterton.
Hawfinches x 13 at Lynford Aboretum.
Shorelarks x 31 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Siberian Chiffhcaff at South Beach, Heacham.
Whooper Swans x 20 on relief channel south of bridge at Wiggenhall St Germans.
Great White Egret flew over A47 bypass, King's Lynn.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! NORTHERN HARRIER still on North Ronaldsay, Orkney.

MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Cream Tea at Congham Hall & Visit To Father!

Last October, one of my work colleagues organised a surprise ''Full Afternoon Tea' event at Congham Hall for someone's 60th birthday. It was booked for this evening at 5pm, so we had fifteen minutes to change out of uniform into our finest attire, then headed in convoy to Congham Hall at Grimston. It was a very grand event with the best china, starched white tablecloths and napkins, cake stands with array of dainty cakes, scones with clotted cream & raspberry jam, panna cotta with mango, finger sandwiches: cucumber, salmon, cheese and roasted tomatoes, ham, cheese and chutney etc in a beautiful room with chandelairs and all the finery. But, as Andrea and I discussed, there were no tongs for the sugar! What ever next! One should not be expected to pick out the sugar cubes with one's fingers, should one!!! Even greasy spoon cafe's have a spoon in the bowl! Seriously though, it was a lovely evening – extravagant, but lovely.

I then headed back to the QEH, in all my 'finery' to visit Father! He was agitated and restless, which is hardly surprising when I heard they had stopped his resperidone altogether – I was told the other day, that they were only halving the dose! Father pulled out three cannula's last night, a staff nurse told me – not surprised by that at all, he won't keep still or be quiet without resperidone and its unfair to him – I will be speaking with doctors about this tomorrow! I was told that Father was bleeding from bowels, this is probably because of the blood thinning medication they are giving him (when he had clexane injections a while back, he bled from bowels). He had not been shaved for two days, so I did it. His lips were dry, had been bleeding and looked sore. I succeeded in settling him down and sat and held his hand to tell him all about the cream tea party. I then went on a mission to other wards on the scrounge for some aqua gel or similar to put on Father's lips/mouth – I succeeded in my mission, informed staff nurse etc and applied some gel – Father said it 'felt better' – poor man. Sometimes I wish I could just give up my life and look after my Father like he should be looked after, but its not possible. Father still hasn't seen a Speech Therapist, so still is not allowed any oral fluids, which is why his mouth is so dry and sore. He also hasn't been out of bed yet, which means his legs are going to be even stiffer than they are normally. Looks like I'll be going to the ward with a list tomorrow – be warned!!! The following needs to be carried out:
  1. Resperidone: restart, then he can be settled and safe enough to sit out in chair.
  2. Stop blood thinning medication, too harsh for someone so frail and not necessary and especially when this results in bleeding from bowel!
  3. Speech Therapist to assess how much thickener needs to be in drink asap, so he can start drinking again, he has been in hospital 6 days!
  4. Remove catheter – not necessary now and not good practice to keep one in, makes nursing staff's life easier, but not good for the patient.
  5. He is asking to 'go back home' – carry out above and get him back to the Care Home!!!

RBA Weekly Round-Up 21st to 3rd January!

By Andy Stoddart
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/WeeklyRoundup2017-01.aspx?s_id=612056996

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Halvergate.
Taiga Bean Geese x 20 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Waxwings x 3 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Glaucous Gull flew west at Overstrand.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater, Lapland Bunting flew over at Holme.
Hooded Crow in pig fields at Mautby Lodge.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 in fields between Waxham and Horsey.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK at Malthouse Broad, Ranworth.
Glaucous Gull again by duck pond at Salthouse.
Sooty Shearwater, Slavonian Grebe at Sheringham.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 90 near Creake Abbey, North Creake.
Waxwing flew NE over Norwich.
Waxwing at RSPB office car park briefly in Norwich.
Shorelarks x 28 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Short-eared Owls x 4 at Berney Marshes RSPB.
Glaucous Gull flew west past Cley.
Long-tailed Ducks x 20, Velvet Scoters x 20 at Titchwell RSPB.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 5, Tundra Bean Geese x 2, 1 mile west of old mill at Ringstead.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! PINE BUNTING Fem. at Venus Pool Nature Reserve, Shropshire.
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! NORTHERN HARRIER still on North Ronaldsay, Orkney.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Back To Work & Visits to Father!

It was tough returning to work today, I could have slept all day! Visited Father at lunchtime and fed him whilst eating my lunch at the same time – he seemed pleased that I was there. He was still in bed – I was hoping he would be sitting in a chair. The longer he stays in bed, the weaker he will become. The Nimbus mattress that was ordered last night is not here yet and the nurses had still not done the referral to the Speech and Language Team, to assess my Father's swallow – but they had by my third nag of the day!!! He can't drink any fluids until this assessment is carried out. He looked fairly ok, but didn't look any brighter than he did yesterday.

My sister Vivien who is on holiday this week, took Lucy to see Father this afternoon, whilst I was at work. I visited again this evening after work. Father look overjoyed to see me and reached out to hug me (very rare) and was very emotional this evening. He started to cry and said 'I want to go back to where I came from' – he was very distressed. I had to explain (as I have several times already over the last few days) that he was in hospital and that this was not his new home and promised he would be going back to the care home and he looked at me with sadness in his eyes and said in a questioning voice 'promise?' and I replied 'I promise' – he looked relieved and settled when I said this, but twice asked me 'when?' and 'how long?' – I replied about a week and that he would be back before my birthday. He held onto my hand the entire time I was there. I sat on the chair with my feet on a stool and lounged against the side of the bed rails – we were both exhausted and just sat for ages, holding hands in silence. It was extremely hard to tear myself away when he was in this state, but he did not look sad when I left, when I promised to come and see him again tomorrow. Tough times.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Russian White-fronted Geese x 50 on Lady Fen at Welney WWT.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 in field north of Pound Lane, Docking.
Scaup x 2 at Whitlingham Country Park.
Waxwings x 9 in garden at Holt Road/Sandy Lane junction at Cromer.
Shorelarks x 28 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK still on Broadwater, Glaucous Gull flew east past Gore Point, Long-tailed Ducks x 3, Velvet Scoters x 3 at Holme.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 13 south of A149 and east of Holme.
Hooded Crow in pig fields at Mautby Lodge.
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Halvergate.
Taiga Bean Geese x 20 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Sooty Shearwater, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Ducks x 9, Velvet Scoters x 4, Great Skuas x 3 at Sheringham.
Waxwings x 3 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Glaucous Gull at Thornham Harbour.
Snow Buntings x 50 at Salthouse.
Glaucous Gull flew west past Weybourne.
Scaup at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Whooper Swans x 14 north of Watlington..
Great White Egret, Hawfinches x 15, Crossbills x 4 at Lynford Aboretum.
Glaucous Gulls x 2 on mud off Crossbank, Waxwings x 14 in pines at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Hen Harriers x 2 flew over Stiffkey.
Bewick's Swans x 68, Whooper Swans x 25 at Ludham Airfield.
Hen Harriers x 3, Spotted Redshank at Warham Greens.
Glaucous Gull at Heacham.
Glaucous Gull Gull, Spoonbill on Arnold's Marsh, Cley NWT.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 40 at Great Ryburgh.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 117 near Creake Abbey, North Creake.
Tundra Bean Goose x 2 between Summerfield and Ringstead.
Tundra Bean Goose x 5 between Waxham and Horsey.
Common Cranes x 18, Hen Harriers x 3 at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! PINE BUNTING Fem. at Venus Pool Nature Reserve, Shropshire.
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.

Exhausting Day!

Monday 2nd January
I am so exhausted I can hardly type! Slept extremely soundly last night and woke up at 8.30am. Got up slowly and after washing hair etc I went downstairs and sat on the sofa for a moment. When I opened my eyes it was 4pm!!! So I might as well have stayed in bed!

Whizzed over to the care home at Heacham and collected lots of clothes of Father's to wear in hospital, just in case he is well enough to sit out this week. It was really upsetting to see his empty chair in the midst of the other residents. Stopped at the indian takeaway in Hunstanton and picked up a vegetarian biryani and peshwari naan for Mother and I to share. Dropped off some things at Mother's house and spent an hour with her – she looked very tired and the house was cold, even with the radiators all on. The Christmas tree needles were falling heavily – will have to sort that for her this week.

I returned to King's Lynn and dropped off Father's clothes to his ward and spent an hour with him. He was awake in bed when I arrived and seemed pleased that I was there. He looked settled and a fairly good colour in his face, but his breathing was heavy and he seems to have lost strength – he could hardly squeeze my hand. The nurse in charge of him overnight, put up another bag of fluids whilst I was there and did his obs – BP was high: 179/77, Sats 98% and temperature 36.6. The nurse said his BP had been higher than that, earlier in the day – she also said she was going to order a nimbus mattress for him tonight, which is a better air mattress than the bog standard one. Father told me he was cold and he didn't feel particularly warm when I felt his skin – he only had one thin blanket over him. There were two more blankets in the room, so why had no one put on a second blanket on at least? – he is 90 years old for goodness sake! Apart from that, he had been positioned well.

I was told that the blood culture results had now come back from the first day Father was admitted to A&E and the findings were Urosepsis – there was also E-Coli in his urine. I don't know that much detail about this and don't have the energy to 'google', so will look into this more tomorrow. Goodnight.

Monday, 2 January 2017

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Halvergate.
Waxwings x 3 in garden at Holt Road/Sandy Lane junction at Cromer.
Great White Egret at Colney Gravel Pits.
Taiga Bean Geese x 15, Russian White-fronted Geese x 75 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 3 with Pink-footed Geese off Hunworth Road, Holt.
Great White Egret at Lynford Aboretum.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 50 on Lady Fen at Welney WWT.
FERRUGINOUS DUCK on Broadwater at Holme.
Lapland Buntings x 5 on beach by golf course at Holme.
Glaucous Gull, Twite x 15 at Blakeney Freshmarsh, Great  Northern Diver at Blakeney Harbour.
Hooded Crow in pig fields at Mautby Lodge.
Shorelarks x 26 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Great White Egrets x 2 at Holkham Freshmarsh.
Glaucous Gulls x 2, Great Northern Divers x 2, Velvet Scoter flew past beach car park and then Glaucous Gulls x 2 on Arnold's Marsh at Cley NWT.
Spoonbill at Breydon Water.
Waxwings x 4 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Snow Buntings x 18, Little Gulls x 3 at Winterton.
Scaup x 3 at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Glaucous Gull on pool at end of Beach Road, Salthouse.
Iceland Gull, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver at Sheringham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2 at Horsey Corner, Velvet Scoter at Horsey Gap.
Glaucous on beach, Water Pipit at Titchwell RSPB.
Snow Buntings x 45 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Tundra Bean Geese x 4 at Freethorpe near Reedham.
Water Pipits x 3, Jack Snipe at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Tundra Bean Geese x 6, Russian White-fronted Geese x 23 in field opposite Waxham Barn.
Scaup x 2 at Hickling Broad NWT.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 60 near Creake Abbey, at North Creake.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 60 in fields east of River Wensum at Little Ryburgh.
Scaup at Whitlingham Country Park.
Water Pipits x 12 at Potter Heigham Marshes.
Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham.
Glaucous Gull at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 4, Tundra Bean Geese with Pink-footed Geese between Docking and Fring.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 14 south of Thornham.
Bewick's Swans x 53, Whooper Swans x 25 at Ludham Airfield.
Hen Harriers x 4 at Warham Greens.
Spoonbill from Cadbury Hide, Common Cranes x 4, Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roost, Hickling Broad NWT.
Waxwings x 5 in hedge at Burnham Overy Staithe.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! PINE BUNTING Fem. at Venus Pool Nature Reserve, Shropshire.
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT remains at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles

Sunday, 1 January 2017

NEW YEAR'S DAY AT THE QEH!

I wished Father Happy New Year at midnight, but he was out for the count and remained that way all night, even with being turned by nursing staff every two hours. However, I was not so lucky and was awake most of the night, as the previous night. I managed to get an hour or two in the early hours and felt wrecked when I got up. I went off to have a shower in my 'secret place' and returned to Father's room by 8am, by which time nursing staff had washed Father. I then helped him with his breakfast. He managed a whole bowl of porridge and nearly all of a banana mashed with apricot yoghurt. The coffee is not going down well, even with thickener today.

Whilst waiting to see the Consultant and Doctor on their ward round, I wrote up a sheet of information for the Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist and ward staff in general, about Father's normal daily routine (they need to know this, to decide if a patient needs extra help/assistance etc when they are discharged and being as I work with OT's and PT's every day, I knew exactly what to write to assist them! I then phoned Summerville Care Home to update staff about Father and how he was doing.

Father's BP remains fairly consistent and at a normal level for his age – a typical reading this morning was 154/86 and temperature 36.7. The Consultant said he was going to reduce the Respiradone to one dose of 0.5mls a day, instead of his normal dose of this twice a day – he explained that when someone has been dehydrated, the Respiradone can be more toxic and act like its a higher dose and can make someone more lethargic. The dose can be increased to its normal level if and when appropriate. The Consultants exact words to the his F1 doctor were 'lets start removing tubes' and hopefully Father can get out of bed in the next few days. Referral to Speech and Language (S.A.L.T. as its abbreviated to) to assess his swallow, which not good with liquids currently. The Consultant seemed very pleased and surprised by Father's progression. Something really annoying happened – I had not been able to get a word out of Father all morning, but when the Consultant asked how he was doing, he replied in a very clear voice 'not too bad thank you'!!! I was shocked! He then followed the Consultant's instruction and lifted up right and left arm and smiled. The same thing happened later with two lovely nursing auxiliaries – one of them said 'Happy New Year to you Peter' and he replied 'and a Happy New Year to you too'!!! Not once did I get that reply back – five whole days I have been here!!! Its very funny really! At least his sense of humour remains!

I went upstairs to the canteen for breakfast and when I returned Father had been taken for a CT scan (brain), which came back clear later on, so no sign of another stroke or anything else – all good news. I helped Father with his lunch, which is now Puree 2 and it was lamb casserole, carrots and mash and much easier to feed him in this form. He also had an ice-cream and half a bowl of warm custard. The coffee did not go down well at all and after speaking to the doctor, he is now not allowed to have any more oral fluids until he has been assessed by the S.A.L.T team, who frustratingly do not work over the bank holidays and won't be back until Tuesday this week, but at least he is having saline drip going into him, so fluid levels will be ok.

I took my spare clothes, sleeping bag etc down to the car, as I am returning home tonight. I want to stay for Father and don't want to leave him at all, but he is fairly stable at the moment and I need to think about myself and need a normal night's sleep in my bed! When I returned to Father's side room, I crashed out for an afternoon snooze on my camp bed, it was lovely! Father was very, very sleepy this afternoon. At 3pm I went up to the canteen for a late lunch (they close at 4pm today) and there was very little left, but I was lucky and found a Mozzarella Cheese Panini which was toasted for me and got a cup of tea and returned to the ward. Then I started typing the blog up and its now 5.25pm. None of my family have visited again today. I was going to pick Mother up, but she was exhausted (she isn't well herself), Lucy was the same I think and Vivien now has her partner's stinking cold! So that left me to hold the fort again today – oh well!

Oxygen was reduced to 1 litre and then to nothing for a trial of 10 minutes at 4.40pm. BP: 148/78 and temperature 36.4. I went for a walk around the hospital to look at the Pied Wagtail roost – such a delight to watch. Two porters walked past and I pointed them out – they said they had no idea they  were there, but then not many people look out of the courtyard windows when its dark!

Helped Father with his supper, which was pureed turkey, potato, carrots, peas and cranberry, followed by a chocolate mousse and an ice-cream – he managed most of the main course and all of the desserts. I then read all items of interest and nature news from Saturday's EDP, which he seemed really interested in, but then fell asleep! I will be going shortly, which is going to be difficult, as I feel like I have moved in here – quite cosy in this side room, even though I haven't been sleeping. Its also been great meeting all the lovely staff here. Sadly though, Father may well be moved out of here into a main bay with five other patients, which will stress him out, being as he can't see and hates noise. You only get to be in a side room if you are contagious eg: D&V or very poorly, of which he was both, but not anymore, so as soon as someone else needs this room he will be moved.

I delayed going home as I didn't want to, I felt very emotional leaving him – I have been with him for five days, day and night. He was fast asleep when I left and didn't even know I had gone – I did explain about me leaving to go home earlier, but he won't retain that information. I was very tearful as I left and as I walked along the corridors to the exit doors – this is the time when you need support, but there wasn't any available. None of my family have rung this evening to ask how things were – sometimes I feel like a one man band. I feel really sad right now. Now going to sleep for a week – good night.

NEW YEAR'S DAY NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Halvergate.
Great White Egret, Hawfinch at Lynford Aboretum.
Long-tailed Ducks x 60, Velvet Scoters x 25, Scaup at Titchwell RSPB.
Waxwings x 4 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Waxwings x 3 in garden at Holt Road/Sandy Lane junction at Cromer.
Shorelarks x 20 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Great White Egret viewed from A149, Russian White-fronted Geese x 36 at Holkham.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 by bend in road at Waxham.
Scaup x 2 at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Taiga Bean Geese x 2 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Scaup x 11 at Blakeney Harbour, Spoonbill by Blakeney Quay.
Hooded Crow in pig fields at Mautby Lodge.
Rough-legged Buzzard by Pound Lane, Docking.
Russian White-fronted Geese x 57 on Lady Fen at Welney WWT.
Golden Pheasant at Wolferton Triangle.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3 at North Creake.
Common Cranes x 2 north of tin shed at Billockby.
Hen Harriers x 4 from car park at Stiffkey.
Long-tailed Ducks x 28, Velvet Scoters x 14 flew past Holme NOA.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! PINE BUNTING Fem. at Venus Pool Nature Reserve, Shropshire. 
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male in garden at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, Pig Lane, Beeley, 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT remains at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR
To All My Blog Followers, Friends and Family!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

NEW YEAR'S EVE MIRACLE!!!

Neither Father or I had a good night's sleep. Father was restless and naturally I was attentive and concerned throughout the night. I was not allowed to open the window at all because of Father's low temperature last night and this made it difficult to sleep. I eventually got to sleep in the early hours this morning! Both Father and I were sound asleep when someone called out 'breakfast' at 8.15am! Father was not allowed to eat until the Consultant and Doctors did their rounds. The nursing staff came to give Father a wash etc and I went off to a 'secret' place in the hospital to have a shower myself – I felt a whole lot better after that. Returned to be with Father who seemed so much better today generally. His BP first thing had finally climbed to a normal level of 140/70 – later it was 182/79 and then at 1pm was 101/67.

The consultant came round with a doctor, who said that I could try Father with a soft diet at lunch time. The saline fluid, anti-biotics and paracetamol would continue and also a steroid is being given – Father is still on oxygen with nasal specs. I also asked the Consultant if he could be blunt about Father's prognosis, as I have to think about so many things over the next few days and need to make plans re work etc – he replied that 'he certainly doesn't look like someone who is going to die right now',  but 'you can't always tell', which pleased me to hear! I don't think the staff can quite believe the turnaround! On Wednesday he was close to the end and because they could not get his BP raised to a normal level, I don't think anyone thought he was going to make it. The support of his family, I'm sure has helped. This sounds wicked to say, but I'm sure those of you that have gone through the same thing will understand when I say that I kind of wanted it to end, because he was so desperately poorly and I couldn't bare to see him like that, with no response, no movement, nothing, apart from a very ill and pale looking man –  my family felt the same. Against all the odds, my stubborn 90 year old Father seems to be on a upward spiral – us Clarke's are made of stern stuff!!!

Father was given his first dose of Resperidone at 12.15pm, thank goodness – he has not had this since Tuesday night at the care home and this is what settles his dementia – without it, he is restless, confused and shouting etc! At lunch time Father had about an 1/8th of his main course and half a portion of warm custard and of ice-cream – he especially enjoyed the desserts and gave me a little smile which was nice. He was not able to initiate to suck the coffee through the straw (which he normally does), so I gave him some on a teaspoon, but he did not swallow this, so I had to remove it. Even with the drink thickened, he was not able to swallow it properly.

With my mind a bit clearer today, I realised that I could log onto the guest WiFi here at the hospital, which mean't I could bring my laptop back from home and update the blog with all the bird news for the last few days!

My sister Vivien who had been staying with Mother, returned to Ely today, as had essential stuff to do. Mother was too exhausted to visit and Lucy was not able to cope with another day here, so I was solo today! After Father's lunch, I returned home to get some urgent washing in the machine – I had a doze on the sofa whilst I waited for the cycle to finish. Hung up the washing, did some old washing up and packed up my laptop to bring back to the hospital. Went to the Tesco's garage shop to stock up with treats (diet scrapped this week) and returned to the hospital.

I discovered that Father had pulled out his cannula and was trying to pull all the bed linen off and his gown and was incredibly restless. I know him so well, and all of this is due to the fact that the Resperidone is out of his system and it will take a good few days to get back into his system! When I tried to hold his hands still, he was pulling my arms and would not settle – he has incredible strength in his hands and arms. He settled a little when I helped him with his tea – he ate 3/4 of a cheese omelette with baked beans, which I had to mash and two small ice-creams portions. He still couldn't tolerate/swallow liquid. The staff are going to change his 'soft diet' to 'Puree 2', which is basically liquidised food. He looked very alert and wide-eyed, but had that particular stare that indicates his dementia is far from under control! I know this look so well! Father's BP at 9.30pm was 127/77, heart rate/pulse 63, 97 Sats and had his second dose of Resperidone.

I went off to see the Pied Wagtail roost again in the courtyard garden – the same wonderful scene as last night, with little groups of wagtails huddled together in the bushes, peeking out to look at me with my nose against the window watching them! Lovely! Went to get a decent coffee from a machine and returned to the ward. I spent the evening typing up all the last few day's bird news in full, which took a long time, but I wanted to get it up to date. As I type this it is 11.30pm, it looks like Father will see in the new year after all. Its a long time since I saw the new year in with my Father, even though he is asleep right now and won't be aware of this.

I suppose that I could have returned to my home tonight, but I didn't want to leave Father on New Year's Eve, but sensibly I will probably return home tomorrow night. Most year's I do a New Year's Day Bird Race, along with many of you, but obviously won't be doing that tomorrow. Maybe, I will get some birding done for a short while on Monday. I will be returning to work on Tuesday, unless Father takes a turn for the worst. I really hope that he continues to get better – he has struggled to get this far and it would be sad if it all went wrong now. He will still be in hospital for while though, as he needs to be drinking and eating normally and able to sit out in a chair, before returning to the care home at Heacham.

Again, thank you all very much for your support and kind messages over the last few days, I still can't believe Father is still here, I really thought that was it! It is now 11.45pm!

NEW YEAR'S EVE! NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 22 by Beach Road at Cley NWT.
Snow Buntings x 12 on south side of outer harbour at Great Yarmouth.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 157, Tundra Bean Geese x 10 near Creake Abbey at North Creake.
Long-tailed Ducks x 43, Velvet Scoters x 21, Water Pipit, Jack Snipe, Lapland Bunting, Spoonbill at Titchwell RSPB.
Waxwings x 2 in Co-op car park at Cromer.
Waxwings x 3 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Waxwings x 2 in garden at Holt Road/Sandy Lane junction at Cromer.
Scaup x 2 at Tottenhill Gravel Pits.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 3 with Pink-footed Geese off Pound Lane, Docking.
Scaup x 4, Great Northern Diver at Hickling Broad NWT.
Taiga Bean Geese x 6, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 100 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Snow Bunting at Caister-on-Sea.
Waxwings x 5, Common Cranes x 2 at Denver Sluice.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 40 in fields east of River Wensum at Little Ryburgh.
Waxwings x 6 briefly in Dell at Holme.
Water Pipits x 2 at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Cattle Egrets x 4 at Halvergate.
Spoonbill, Caspian Gull at Arnold's Marsh, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 26 in field just before car park at Cley NWT.
Great White Egret, Hawfinches x 4 at Lynford Aboretum.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x  6, Pink-footed Geese x 500 in field SW of Kelling Hall.
Hen Harriers x 5 at Warham Greens.
Scaup at Whitlingham Country Park.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male (present c.1 week) in garden at in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in field by Pig Lane, Beeley (no access to Dukes Barn until 2nd January 2017), 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.
MEGA! CAPE GANNET possible, flew past Barns Ness, Lothian, Scotland.

MEGA! NORTHERN HARRIER Adult male at North Ronaldsay, Orkney. 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Father Continues To Fight

Today has been rocky again. Father had a fairly settled night and I did too on my camp bed! Early morning he looked a good colour for the first time and spoke for the first time and said 'yes please' to my offer of some coffee at  breakfast time – but this did not work out as he was not able to swallow or with thickener in the coffee. He did manage to swallow 4 quarter teaspoons of raspberry yoghurt, but then sneezed it all out! A consultant instructed that he is now Nil by mouth. This was the only time he looked ok today after this his BP dropped very low and he looked awful. BP increased again later. His breathing was very heavy and erratic and also had moments of not breathing at all!

The Respiridone that Father is normally on for his dementia is now wearing off and he has become very restless and tugging at sheets etc! I was told it would commence again tomorrow. Temperature dropped to 35.9 at 7.30pm and Father was distressed and very cold I wrapped him up with more blankets and by 8.30pm it had risen to 36.6 the night staff who had just started her shift said I had done a good job. He looks very pale this evening. I didn't expect him to last this long the doctors looked surprised when they came onto the ward this morning!

Whilst my family were here today, I had to leave for a short while to swop my spare emergency wheel over for new tyre/wheel from my puncture on Christmas Eve. The fog is really bad in Norfolk today. I went off for a short break this evening to see the Pied Wagtail roost I was so pleased to see them all, still in the courtyard harden, huddled up in their now heavily trimmed bushes this really lifted my spirits for a while nature can be so comforting at difficult times. When I returned to Father's side room I played some bird song from my iphone for him to listen to: Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Nightingale, Cuckoo and Tawny Owl - he seemed to enjoy this. I played Tawny Owl to remind him of the Owls that call at Mother's house most nights and the Cuckoo to remind him of old NOA member Ron Longstaff who used to 'Cuckoo' along the main bank in winter time! Taken me ages to type this all up, one fingered on my iphone!

So with New Year's Eve fast approaching I wonder if Father will make it to the new year. Thank you again for all your ongoing kind support and messages, it is much appreciated.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Waxwings x 3 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Velvet Scoters x 32, Little Stint at Titchwell RSPB.
RED-BREASTED GOOSE again, with Pink-footed Geese off Pound Lane, Docking.
Spoonbill west of Beach Road at Cley NWT.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 12 in field north of Beach Road at Snettisham Coastal Park.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 80 near Creake Abbey, North Creake.
Waxwings x 2 in garden at Holt Road/Sandy Lane junction at Cromer.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Eurasian White-fronted Goose, Barnacle Geese x 4 in sugar beet field near Holt.
Scaup x 5 at Hickling Broad NWT.
Shorelarks x 20 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Snow Buntings x 45, Lapland Bunting at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male (present c.1 week) in garden at in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in field by Pig Lane, Beeley (no access to Dukes Barn until 2nd January 2017), 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

MEGA! KILLDEER remains in stubble field at Sandwick, Shetland.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Touch & Go

So it's been a very tough day for all my family. I have been with my Father since his admission yesterday morning and had almost no sleep. My Father has continued to be poorly all day with BP remaining low. Consultants and Doctors have been giving him saline, potassium and antibiotics to try and combat his infection. From his blood results he may have had a heart attack we were told today. This afternoon his BP went higher momentarily and this made him perk up and attempted to smile, which brought me to tears! His urine output is only 200ml since yesterday – kidneys failing. Everything is against him at his grand age of 90 years old. His stubborn and determined character is fighting, but it is sadly a losing battle. He is aware I am here and looked pleased when I said I was staying with him tonight. The staff on this ward have been awesome and have done everything they can for him. An amazing Sister arranged an emergency camp bed for me tonight!!! The NHS is the best thing this country has and all its staff should be paid far more than they earn. Anyway, now going to settle in my camp bed – good night. Thank you all for your supportive messages via social media and emails.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert' 
Long-tailed Ducks x 12, Velvet Scoters x 42, Spotted Redshank, Scaup at Titchwell RSPB.
Short-eared Owls x 2 at Haddiscoe Island.
Tundra Bean Geese x 20, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 3, Pink-footed Geese x 1,400 in stubble field, NW of Rollesby.
Waxwings x 3 still in Jerningham Road at New Costessey.
Cattle Egrets x 4 NW of Marsh Road/Branch Road, east of Halvergate village.
Snow Buntings x 40 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Water Pipits x 25 at Potter Heigham Marshes.
Short-eared Owls x 3, Spotted Redshank at Breydon Water.
RED-BREASTED GOOSE again, Todd's Canada Goose, Tundra Bean Geese x 2 off Pound Lane, Docking. 
Spoonbill west of Beach Road, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 22 on Bull Marsh at Cley NWT.
Tundra Bean Geese x 3, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 10, Pink-footed Geese x 250 at Blakeney Freshes.
Great White Egret, Hawfinches x 14 at Lynford Aboretum.
Twite x 40 at Thornham Harbour.
Ring-billed Gull at 12.30pm, Wells Quay.
Shorelarks x 30 on saltmarsh east of Holkham Bay at Holkham Gap.
Snow Buntings x 3 flew past Horsey.
Common Cranes x 21, Hen Harrier at Stubb Mill Roost, Scaup x 3 at Observation Point at Hickling Broad NWT.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 3, Pink-footed Geese x 2000, Tundra Bean Geese x 3 in sugar beet field at Freethorpe near Reedham.
Hen Harriers x 5, Short-eared Owl at Warham Greens.
Great Northern Diver, Jack Snipe at Scolt Head Island NNR.
Snow Buntings x 3 at North Dunes, Great Yarmouth.
Tundra Bean Geese x 10, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 6, with Pink-footed Geese in sugar beet field near Holt.
Tundra Bean Goose with Pink-footed Geese near Weybourne.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male (present c.1 week) in garden at in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in field right of Pig Lane, Beeley (no access to Dukes Barn until 2nd January 2017), 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Wednesday 28th December
Long-tailed Ducks x 58, Velvet Scoters x 27, Scaup, Great Northern Diver, Spotted Redshanks x 3, Water Pipits x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Taiga Bean Geese x 17, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 200 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
RED-BREASTED GOOSE again, Pink-footed Geese 2,000, Tundra Bean Geese x 12, White-fronted Geese x 5, Barnacle Goose off Pound Lane, Docking.
Twite x 12 at Blakeney Freshmarsh.
Cattle Egrets x 4 NW of Marsh Road/Branch Road, east of Halvergate village.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Tundra Bean Geese x 4, Pink-footed Geese x 900 in stubble field, NW of Rollesby.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 65 at Wickhampton Marshes.
Scaup at Whitlingham Country Park.
Waxwings x 5 in car park at Welney WWT.
Long-tailed Ducks x 2 on sea at Holme Dunes.
Snow Goose reported, flew SE with Pink-footed Geese, Iceland Gull juv. flew east over shingle bank at Kelling.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 7, Pink-footed Geese x 3,000, Tundra Bean Goose in sugar beet field at Freethorpe near Reedham.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male (present c.1 week) in garden at in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in field right of Pig Lane, Beeley (no access to Dukes Barn until 2nd January 2017), 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Father is very very poorly

My Father is in hospital and very very poorly due to being very dehydrated after having D&V - he has sepsis and body breaking down. All the family have been here all day and I'm currently with him for the night. I'm not leaving his side. It will be a miracle if he pulls through.

2016 is an utterly crap year.

Life is precious - it's not until it starts to slip away do you realise how precious it is. Praying for my Dear Father as I stay by his side.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Hawfinches x 20 at Lynford Aboretum.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 400 at Heigham Holmes.
RED-BREASTED GOOSE again at 3.38pm only, Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), Tundra Bean Geese x 8, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 3 with Pink-footed Geese off Pound Lane, Docking.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 87 just north of North Creake.
Taiga Bean Geese x 15, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 170 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.
Waxwings x 6 at Jerningham Road, Costessey.
Cattle Egrets x 4 NW of Marsh Road/Branch Road, east of Halvergate village.
Shorelarks x 24, Long-tailed Ducks x 5, Velvet Scoters x 45 & Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 170, Great White Egret (on freshmarsh) at Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Purple Sandpiper on rocks at Hunstanton.
Jack Snipe at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Tundra Bean Geese x 8, 1 mile north of Cantley.
Waxwings x 13 at Jenny Lind Park, Norwich.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 22, 1 mile north of bridge at Ringland.
Water Pipits x 15 at Potter Heigham Marshes.
Tundra Bean Geese x 2, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 10 between Freethorpe and Reedham.
Hen Harriers x 7 at Warham Greens.
Hen Harrier, Common Cranes x 2 at Stubb Mill Roost, Spoonbill at Hickling Broad NWT.
Water Pipit at Daukes' Hide, Cley NWT.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Pink-footed Geese in field at Anmer.
Snow Bunting, Short-eared Owls x 5 at Haddiscoe Island.
Long-tailed Ducks x 42, Velvet Scoters x 17, Water Pipit, Scaup, Great Northern Divers x 2 at Titchwell RSPB.
Scaup at Whitlingham Country Park.
Glaucous Gull flew west past Sheringham.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 12 at Welney WWT.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 5 at Kelling.

MEGA NEWS 
MEGA! BLUE ROCK THRUSH Male (present c.1 week) in garden at in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
MEGA! AMERICAN COOT still at Balranald RSPB, North Uist, Western Isles.
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in field right of Pig Lane, Beeley (no access to Dukes Barn until 2nd January 2017), 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.

Monday, 26 December 2016

BOXING DAY – NORFOLK BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Norfolk Bird News via 'Rare Bird Alert'
Common Cranes x 18, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 400, Hen Harriers x 2, Otters x 3 at Heigham Holmes.
Tundra Bean Geese x 14 at Burton's Farm, Belton.
Waxwings x 6 at Jerningham Road, Costessey.
Todd's Canada Goose (form interior), Tundra Bean Geese x 14, White-fronted Geese x 3 with Pink-footed Geese off Pound Lane, Docking.
Tundra Bean Geese x 5 SW of Beighton.
Taiga Bean Geese x 10, Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 130 at Buckenham Marshes RSPB. 
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 12 north of Beach Road at Snettisham.
Cattle Egrets x 3 NW of Marsh Road/Branch Road, east of Halvergate village.
Eurasian White-fronted Geese x 22, by River Wensum NE of Ringland.
Snow Buntings x 34 north of car park at Winterton.
Shorelarks x 23 at Holkham Bay still east of Holkham Gap.
Snow Buntings x 30 at Gramborough Hill, Salthouse.
Jack Snipe, Otter at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB.
Taiga Bean Goose at Buckenham Marshes RSPB.

MEGA NEWS
MEGA! DUSKY THRUSH still, in fields at Pig Lane, Beeley (no access to Dukes Barn until 2nd January 2017), 5mls NNW of Matlock, Derbyshire.