Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Hockham Fen at dawn and notes from the garden 24/11/12

The first bird of the day was a calling Chiffchaff in a garden adjoining mine, a somewhat unexpected bird on a foggy, frosty, late November morning.

A thickish fog at Hockham Fen and the surrounding woodland greeted me on my arrival. Little was seen on the fen due to the conditions, however, the woodland typically held common and expected species including parties of Long-tailed TitsGoldcrests and Treecreepers were heard at a number of localities.


An hour spent in the garden mid-morning produced a number of Blackbirds including this first year male which was feeding upon Ivy and Blackberries.  A party of Long-tailed Tits passed through and Robin, Chaffinches, Greenfinch, Blue, Great, and Coal Tits were noted.  There was no sight or sound of the early morning Chiffchaff, although it is likely to still be in the area.

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