Breckland Birder

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

Friday, 28 March 2014

Houghton-on-the-Hill, Norfolk

An early morning walk (0615-0745) around lanes and tracks starting at St Mary's Church produced a single Common Buzzard and a number of singing Chiffchaffs (c.5), and also in an overgrown thicket in the corner of an inaccessable part of a field was a singing Blackcap (my first record of this Warbler for the year.  This area also held at least 3 Bullfinches.
The hedgerows on Houghton Common held good numbers of Linnets and a singing Yellowhammer and back near the church a foraging Goldcrest was moving quickly through pine needles within mixed woodland habitat.  Also here, a male Chiffchaff was watched moving through treetops around me singing away and holding his territory.
Evidence of passage was seen when a flock of 20+ Redwings flew above me and away to the north-east, it is now time for our wintering and passage Thrushes to make their way back to their Scandinavian breeding grounds....good luck to them in their journey and see you in Autumn.

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