With heavy showers passing through at dawn I walked the Peddars Way north of Little Cressingham hoping that more migrants may have made landfall.
Expected species were heard and seen, however, there did not appear to be any increases in numbers from my previous visit to this area.
Encouragingly, the singing QUAIL was still in crops close to where I initially heard the bird early on 18th April. I hope it stays to breed. Quail are very scarce breeding birds in the UK, most years I hear just one, possibly two singing birds on my patch.
The presence of this Quail on my Breckland patch is tinged with sadness and, some anger. Quails are heavily hunted in the Mediterranean when on passage from Africa to their breeding grounds in Europe. The human race can survive quite adequately without hunting wild birds on passage. Conservation, bird protection, education, and the outlawing of hunting birds in the Mediterranean is a growing force, however, in some instances those protecting birds are sometimes under threat themselves from hunters.
|Whitethroat (male) photographed at Little Cressingham in May 2013. More arrivals expected in the next week.|
Walking back to the start point at Little Cressingham I could see a pair of nesting Mute Swans in the Watton Brook valley, also, overhead in the village, a single House Martin was seen.