Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Thompson Water at dawn.

Thompson Water is a large Breckland mere lying about 4 miles south of my home in Watton, Norfolk.  This reserve is managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust an it forms a part of the more extensive Thompson Common reserve.
                                                      Thompson Water at sunrise 06/11/12

I arrived at Thompson Water prior to sunrise and thoughts were of possible winter duck species, therefore, it was a welcome find when a female 'redhead' Goosander was seen in the mist on the water.  This attractive Sawbill is generally a scarce winter visitor to Thompson Water with most birds being female, however, on occasions, the more attractive male visits.
Also on the water was 4 Shoveler, a family party of Mute Swans, a pair of Gadwall, and a Kingfisher flying low over the water.
Occasionally, the silence was broken by the sudden, explosive song of a Cetti's Warbler coming from within scrubby waterside Willow habitat.  The first pioneer Cetti's Warbler arrived at Thompson Water in the spring of 2007, since then 5 territories have been established around the site.
Overhead, Siskins and Redpolls passed by.

Goosander on Thompson Water 06/11/12
At sunrise, an Otter was seen porpoising through the water and scattering fish in all directions as it did so.  I have seen up to 3 Otters together at Thompson Water.
                                                          Otter - Thompson Water 06/11/12
In the forest and heathland habitats around the Thompson Water area, several good-sized flocks of both Redwings and Fieldfares passed overhead in an east to west heading.
I left Thompson Water at about 0900 happy with this productive visit.


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