A walk to Hockham Fen along forest trails produced a minimum of 7 singing Willow Warblers mostly in young Pine blocks and Birch scrub habitat. Also noted was at least 3 singing Garden Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, and a number of Blackcaps.
|Hobby - a superb master of flight (Paul Newport)|
A single Hobby was watched on occasions hunting above Hockham Fen, however, most of the hunting was undertaken above the canopy of Cranberry Rough where back and forth sweeps for insect prey was seen.
I always marvel at the sight of a Hobby in flight, these Falcons are superbly designed for speed and can chase and outfly Hirundine species (Swallows), Swifts, and even insects. Large gatherings of Hobbies can be witnessed over Breckland meres in late summer when they are attracted to the wealth of bird and dragonfly species upon which they feed.