Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Thompson Water, Hockham, and notes from the garden.

Further light snow falls overnight gave a fresh covering on the already moderate amounts blanketing this area of Norfolk.
Thompson Water 19/01/13
I visited Thompson Water this morning knowing that there will be little to be seen as I knew the surface would be frozen over, nevertheless, small numbers of Teal and a pair of Mute Swans were roosting on the ice.
A walk through the woodland that runs from Thompson Water to Thompson Common produced 30+ Siskins feeding silently in the crown of a couple of Alders.  Also in the woodland, typical species encountered included Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, and Goldcrests.

 A number of common species visited my garden today including this fine Goldfinch.  Also seen were Greenfinches, Chaffinches, several Blackbirds, Blue Tits, Starling, and at least 2 Coal Tits.
Collared Doves are a daily occurrence as are Wood Pigeons.

Hockham (mid-late afternoon).  Not a great variety of species seen on this visit to the Galleyhill area, although the expected Coal Tit, Blue Tits, and Goldcrest, were feeding high in the crown of pine trees.
A number of Wrens were seen, these delightful little birds will probably find some warmth deep within the thick layers of dead bracken on the woodland floor during hours of darkness.
Driving along the lane back to the main Watton to Thetford road, several Blackbirds were seen on the woodland floor feeding amongst the leaf litter.

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