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NORWICH: Not seeing a Rose-coloured Starling

Mid October 2018

When news emerged mid-week that there was a Rose-coloured Starling in New Costessey, I was cautiously optimistic that it would stay for a while and I would therefore be able to catch up with it at the weekend. As it turned out, this was half right. Despite only being about 5 miles away as the crow flies, Costessey is a good 20-25 minute drive, sometimes more at rush hour. Rose-coloured Starlings often turn up in gardens, but usually at least show for a lot of the time on nearby hedges or rooftops. This one was spending a lot of time in one small garden, out of sight of the road. In total I visited three times, twice after work and once after a day out, without seeing it. Apparently early mornings were better, but that didn't fit in with my other commitments. A shame, as I would have loved to have seen one around the city, but there is only so much time you can spend on a housing estate before deciding to cut your losses.

Still, good to see Ricky Clovelly* Cleverley in the news discussing how much the bird stuck out like a sore thumb :-)

* In an otherwise nice article about Ricky's patch birding at Thorpe Marshes for 'Tern', they mispelled his surname, which some of us haven't forgotten.

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