Breckland Birder

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

Friday, 1 March 2013

Wayland Wood

Wayland Wood is owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This is an ancient woodland, with the exception of Sherwood and Selwood Forest, this is the oldest woodland in Britain and covers 85 acres.  Wayland Wood is also the site where the 'Babes in the wood' legend comes from.
I decided to concentrate this visit in the woodland alongside the road, here, a small pond attracts birds to drink and bathe.
Several Nuthatches and Treecreepers were seen as expected.  Most Nuthatches seen were quite high in trees, however, one was seen to visit the pond to bathe.  I noticed that many of the old Oaks have natural holes and old Woodpecker nest-sites, Nuthatches will use these holes as nest-sites for themselves, the holes will be sealed with mud to a size big enough for the bird to enter and leave.
Many Treecreepers were seen, this delicate little bird was typically seen working the limbs of trees at varying heights from ground level to high amongst the branches where they use their fine down-curved bill to search cavities and fissures in the bark for small prey such as spiders.
A pair of Marsh Tits were nest prospecting along a branch of an Oak, also, a pair of Blue Tits visited a break in a branch which may be used for nesting in.
Also noted was Great Tit, Long-tailed Tits, Robin, Wren, and singing Goldcrest.  

I photographed this Green Woodpecker in Watton on 01/03/13. This wary species occurs commonly in the Breckland area where it is frequently seen on lawned areas searching for ants.
This Green Woodpecker is a male bird, he can be separated
from the female by his Black-bordered red moustache, the females moustache is a solid Black.

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