An early morning walk around Merton Park produced good numbers of Fieldfares on land west of Home Farm Lane. Although uncounted, it appeared that their numbers totalled three-figures. These winters visitors are on passage for Northern Europe and have stopped to re-fuel before continuing their journey after dark.
At Merton village hall, 30+ Tree Sparrows were gathered in Hawthorns. This has always been a reliable site for this nationally declining species.
Whilst driving through East Wretham village, a pair of Barn Owls were seen on a protected area of land close to the army camp.
My arrival at East Wretham Heath nature reserve coincided with the start of light rain, as I ventured out onto the large expanse of heath east of the A1075, the rain became persistent and moderately heavy. This belt of rain eventually passed to give a few brighter spells.
Typically, large numbers of Rooks noisily called from a belt of Scots Pines along the southern boundary. A Meadow Pipit passed overhead.
Along the eastern boundary of the heath, where the main Norwich to Thetford rail line passes, a single Woodcock was disturbed from an area of Bracken and scrub.
Very little was seen on the heath (to be perfectly honest I didn't look due to the rain which made going uncomfortable), so I therefore concentrated my efforts in nearby Pine woodland. Singing and calling Goldcrests, and singing Mistle Thrush were heard and a pair of Yellowhammers (including singing male) was seen. A Wren was close to where I was sitting and skulked through tangled ground-cover in a mouse-like fashion. A single Siskin passed overhead.
A hunting Kestrel was seen off by an angry Crow species.