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November 2019 at Gramborough

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Old Sunday 8th December 2019, 13:59   #1
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November 2019 at Gramborough

Apart from a small, raptorous flurry on 6th, the month was distinguished by being undistinguished - with no stand out species.

I have made an executive decision: the pairs of Stonechats, Dunnocks and Wrens will now not be included in the daily ‘log’, unless there is a change in their status. It is to be assumed that they are usually present; the two latter species being superb at remaining hidden most of the time. Immediately I took this stance (around mid-month), the Dunnocks abruptly vanished and the Stonechats became sporadic !

28-30: 02♪.
27: c40 Snow Buntings ↑E.
26: 02♪.
25: Lapland Bunting ↑E.
24: Snow Bunting.
23: Goldcrest, Snow Bunting.
21/22: 02♪.
20: Chiffchaff, Blackbird.
19: Blue Tit.
18: Lapland Bunting.
17: Lapland Bunting ↑W.
12-16: 02♪.
11: Snow Bunting.
10: Snow Bunting.
9: Snow Bunting.
8: Robin, 2 Blackbirds, Song Thrush, 2 Snow Buntings.
7: ♂♀ Blackbirds, Redwing, Snow Bunting.
6: Poss. Rough-legged Buzzard ↑SE in/off, Merlin, Peregrine, Woodcock, Lapland Bunting.
5: 2 Goldcrests, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit.
4: Song Thrush, 2 Blue Tits. (Red-necked Grebe - via RBA.)
3: Water Pipit (foy; briefly in a.m., then ↑W), Snow Bunting.
2: Snow Bunting.
1: 2 Blackbirds, Blue Tit.
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[font="Georgia"]Apart from a small, raptorous flurry on 6th, the month was distinguished by being undistinguished - with no stand out species.

I have made an executive decision: the pairs of Stonechats, Dunnocks and Wrens will now not be included in the daily ‘log’, unless there is a change in their status. It is to be assumed that they are usually present; the two latter species being superb at remaining hidden most of the time. Immediately I took this stance (around mid-month), the Dunnocks abruptly vanished and the Stonechats became sporadic !
I'd encourage you to make a series of executive decisions on the absence of rarities, if only to see if your lack of success with Dunnock and Stonechat cooperation can be replicated reliably....
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The Gramborough Hill Rarities Committee has set up a sub-committee, in the attempt to reverse this drought, Mike.

RARE (Really Awesome Rarities Exist) has been granted an infinitesimal budget to explore all avenues (short of fabrication) to redress the situation.

Solutions explored include relocation to Yorkshire/the eastern Med, declaring GHREXIT and switching to the exciting hobby of watching paint dry.
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The Gramborough Hill Rarities Committee has set up a sub-committee, in the attempt to reverse this drought, Mike.

RARE (Really Awesome Rarities Exist) has been granted an infinitesimal budget to explore all avenues (short of fabrication) to redress the situation.

Solutions explored include relocation to Yorkshire/the eastern Med, declaring GHREXIT and switching to the exciting hobby of watching paint dry.
Good news! One of the properties of infinities is that some infinities are larger than others, and I can't find anything online after an extensive** search that says that the same principle doesn't apply to infinitesimals.

Since Norfolk du diffrunt, RARE can probably obtain one of the larger infinitesimals, and can start exploration of South Avenue, Holkham, or Holkham Avenue Swaffham...

I await increasing discoveries from Hamburg Grill, Oho!
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**Maybe 'perfunctory' is a more applicable adjective?
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Good shout ! I’m glad you approve, Mike. I can assure you that all expense will be spared in the furtherance of these audible objectives.

However, despite the depredations of the ‘rising of the’ seas (not ‘Sun’, which would be more seasonal), there is no thought of relocation to be nearer the ‘running of the deer’ (at Holkham). Moreover, although the highlands of the Brecks have their manifold attractions (Swaffham being a jewel), Gram Borrough Hill will remain in situ - but, maybe, not for much later than the end of this century. For the time being, therefore, its identity as a ‘coastal’ site will be maintained. In the future, it will revert to one that is ‘marine’ (more properly, ‘sub-marine’) - in common with much of England’s east coast.

A quick perusal of the attached map will reveal that, 400 years ago, Salthouse possessed three ‘Eyes’ (‘island’ in Old Norse). Gramborough then extended NE for the same distance as its southern extremity is from the coast road - i.e. some 300 metres.

Over the last 3½ centuries, the Great Eye (aka Lodge Hill) and the Flat Eye have been consumed by the North Sea and the Little Eye reduced to a stump, possibly one-quarter to one-third its previous area. Gramborough has been correspondingly reduced by two-thirds.

Sadly, the remaining Eye and the Hill are not constituted of granite, but are mostly sand and shingle. Another tidal surge or two and they’ll be gone. GHREXIT will, thus, have been ‘delivered’ !

P.S. ‘Hamburg Grill’ would, of course, be an illegal activity: no fires are permitted on this N.T. property (an anagram of this being ‘pretty porn’).
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Good shout ! I’m glad you approve, Mike. I can assure you that all expense will be spared in the furtherance of these audible objectives.

However, despite the depredations of the ‘rising of the’ seas (not ‘Sun’, which would be more seasonal), there is no thought of relocation to be nearer the ‘running of the deer’ (at Holkham). Moreover, although the highlands of the Brecks have their manifold attractions (Swaffham being a jewel), Gram Borrough Hill will remain in situ - but, maybe, not for much later than the end of this century. For the time being, therefore, its identity as a ‘coastal’ site will be maintained. In the future, it will revert to one that is ‘marine’ (more properly, ‘sub-marine’) - in common with much of England’s east coast.

A quick perusal of the attached map will reveal that, 400 years ago, Salthouse possessed three ‘Eyes’ (‘island’ in Old Norse). Gramborough then extended NE for the same distance as its southern extremity is from the coast road - i.e. some 300 metres.

Over the last 3½ centuries, the Great Eye (aka Lodge Hill) and the Flat Eye have been consumed by the North Sea and the Little Eye reduced to a stump, possibly one-quarter to one-third its previous area. Gramborough has been correspondingly reduced by two-thirds.

Sadly, the remaining Eye and the Hill are not constituted of granite, but are mostly sand and shingle. Another tidal surge or two and they’ll be gone. GHREXIT will, thus, have been ‘delivered’ !

P.S. ‘Hamburg Grill’ would, of course, be an illegal activity: no fires are permitted on this N.T. property (an anagram of this being ‘pretty porn’).
I am glad that's all sorted out, Fresher Joints...
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