Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dawn at Thompson Water

Today dawned bright and sunny with a slight to moderate frost.  I decided to visit Thompson Water this morning with scarce duck species in mind i.e. Goosander or Goldeneye, however, only common species were seen. 
At least 13 Mute Swans were on the water, these comprised adult and immature birds.  Duck species seen included a few Teal within patches of surface weedy growth along with some Mallard.  A single Kingfisher flew from a perch at the waters' edge.
A single Cetti's Warbler gave a burst of its incredibly loud and hurried song from within the scrubby habitat along the east side of the water.
Other woodland species in the area included Treecreeper, Marsh Tit and Goldcrest, whilst overhead single Redpolls and Siskins passed over.
The only raptor species seen today was a single Kestrel which attracted the attention of a mobbing Carrion Crow.

Whilst driving away from Thompson Water, I met a couple friends, firstly Maurice, with his lovely Collie, made some very nice comments about my blog (Thank you Maurice), and also I met Corinne and her 3 dogs.  Corrine is a French shepherdess who has settled in Norfolk.  It is always good to meet friends new and old and share my birding experiences with them.

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