Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Threxton, Norfolk

Although the day started reasonably pleasant with some bright intervals, increasing cloud was to bring a spell of wild, wet, and very windy weather by mid-afternoon.
I decided to pay another visit to Threxton STW early afternoon whilst it was still dry, however, increasing cloud and poor light indicated rain was on its way.
Chiffchaff at Threxton 12/02/14 (One of 3..or more)
As is typical with these micro-climate locations, there was much bird activity as soon as I arrived at this site and it soon became evident that Chiffchaffs were once again present along with a number of Tit species and Goldcrests.  Sewage treatment works are good sources of food in winter for birds and today I saw that there was lots of winged midges around the complex, this coupled with the sheletered warm cover of trees will attract a host of scarce and common birds throughout the winter.
Throughout my hour long stay at Threxton STW, it was clear that at least 3 Chiffchaffs (possibly more) were present, and on a number of occasions song was heard as well as the "hweet" call.  On this visit Chiffchaffs frequented an Elder bush where they skulked amongst the branches, but, as with yesterday, these Warblers often flew to the ground amongst dead Umbellifer stems.
Coal Tit at Threxton 12/02/14
A number of Long-tailed Tits were ever-present in the immediate area, also at least 2 Coal Tits were seen, including this lovely bird in one of the Elders.
2+ Goldcrests were either seen ot heard including a male in full song in the old Yew in the churchyard.
Other common species in the area included a pair of Wrens, Dunnock, Robin, and Blackbirds and Goldfinch.
Finally, the interior of the STW held 50+ Pied Wagtails feeding on the short grassed areas, all of these birds reacted noisily when a Sparrowhawk passed over low.

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