Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Dawn at Hockham Fen

I arrived at Hockham Fen well before sunrise, the morning was cold with a moderate frost, and a slight mist hung over the fen, however, this was soon burnt off by the rising sun.
Prior to sunrise, Siskins, Redpolls, and Bramblings were heard overhead and it was evident that with improving light that Siskins was the most numerous species.
A mixed Tit flock passed by, this included Goldcrests and Treecreeper, however, it was very pleasing to see a single Willow Tit, a very scarce species these days.
2 Sparrowhawks (singles) passed over the fen, the latter, a large female, attracted the attention of a number of Siskins until the raptor went out of sight over the surrounding forest.
A small flock of Redwings rose up from a patch of Holly where they probably fed upon the wealth of red berries.  It is worth noting here that much of the woodland under-storey in the Brecks hold some fine specimens of Holly, some of which have attained huge sizes.

Red Deer are a reliable sight at Hockham Fen, especially at dawn, and on this occasion, 2 hinds were seen including this fine animal.
The surrounding forest typically held plenty of Coal Tits, Nuthatches, and more Treecreepers.  A calling Tawny Owl in pine woodland could not be located visually.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing; I had to wait until the final sentence to finally see a bird that I had seen out here in Spain! Remove Coal Tit and Nuthatch and they would all be great sights, though we did record visiting Bramblings about three or four years ago and have been seen in localised places in the last week. Hope these are all about when I go over to Cromer in early December and it would be much appreciated if you could also invite some Snow Buntings in.
    Great blog, Paul