What an absolutely beautiful dawn it was on this, the first day of British Summer Time. This was a mild dawn with some high cloud but visibility was good.
When experiencing difficulties in life, it is at such times that it is worth remembering a loving family unit that keeps one together, my dog Toby, friends who are prepared to listen and whose company I enjoy (you know who you are), and finally the beautiful British countryside and its wildlife which is always there and free despite what troubles are thrown our way.
|Little Owl at Threxton, Norfolk 30/03/14|
Little Owls will also use holes in old buildings for nest sites as well as the traditional hole in a tree.
Having left the Little Owl I made my way to Little Cressingham (The Arms area) in order to take Toby for his walk. Walking north along the Great Cressingham road, roadside trees held 40+ Redwings, however, as I walked further north towards 'The Fairstead', a very large mixed flock of both Redwings and Fieldfares were in the roadside trees and surrounding hedgerows. As I approached these Thrushes, the chattering and song of Redwings was awesome. These beautiful Thrushes will now be on their way back to their Scandinavian breeding grounds.
Also along this route 2 pairs of Common Curlews were present, this included males performing their noisy song-flight.
At 1000 I had the great pleasure to meet Tony and Lorna Brown and their daughter Ros from Cambridge. Ros recently contacted me in order to use some of my photographs for a college publication. A reason for their visit was to hopefully make contact with Goshawk, a species this family have yet to see. I took them to a traditional local site to see this magnificent raptor, however, the bird failed to appear on this occasion and the only raptor evidence seen was at least 4 Common Buzzards.
Whilst hopefully waiting for a Goshawk to appear, the mournful song of a male Woodlark was heard and we soon saw the bird quite high performing its circular display-flight, a species new to Ros and her parents. Later, the Woodlark returned, however, it soon became apparent that a second male was present and a short search soon found this additional male singing on high.
Other species seen included singing Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, Yellowhammer, Coal Tit, and overhead a couple of Cormorants were seen.
Finally, prior to going our separate ways, Tony picked up a large suspect raptor through the tree canopy flying high and east, sadly this remained unidentified.......Osprey perhaps!!!!!
A sheet of grey cloud hung over the area at sunset and as a result light was very poor, despite this I was rewarded by the sight of a few Tree Sparrows in the village which included a pair observed mating within a large Hawthorn. This was very encouraging given the scarcity nationally of this beautiful Sparrow.
I will end this post by saying it was a great pleasure meeting Tony, Lorna, and Ros Brown and I hope we meet again at some time...thank you all for joining me.