Breckland Birder

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

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Thompson Water, Norfolk (late afternoon/sunset)

Thompson Water at sunset 13/02/14 
Even on the quietest days in winter, Thompson Water will produce good birds and other wildlife to hold ones interest.  The water itself can appear devoid of birds, as today, however, the swampey reedbeds and woodland carr habitat will hold both common and scarce species.
With the recent theme of windy, wet conditions, it was a pleasant change to have bright sunshine practically all day, however, wild, stormy weather is set to return tomorrow.
On the water, 2 pairs of Mute
Goshawk Thompson Water 13/02/14 (Note the deep chested appearance)
Swans appeared quite stately and a single Cormorant was seen.  A single Grey Heron overflew the water but there was no sign of Bittern, a species which usually winters at this locality.
The only raptor seen was a Goshawk which appeared from beyond the trees to the east and although quite distant, the size and deep-chested appearance of this raptor was diagnostic.
Thw woodland carr habitat along the west boundary of the water held Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Great and Blue Tits.  A couple of Goldcrests were in song.
Finally, the drive through Thompson produced 2 Red Foxes, one at Thompson Grove (woodland) and one in the village. 

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