Thompson Water 1300-1445
A good range of both summer visitors and resident bird species were heard or seen over and around this beautiful site on this visit from the outset as follows:
|Hobby at Thompson Water hunting insects 28/04/14|
2 Garden Warblers
2 Cetti's Warblers
2 Marsh Tit (pair)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
3+ Grey Heron
From my arrival a single Hobby provided great views as it swept back and forth over the water and surrounding woodland where it was hunting insects. It was possible on occasions to see the bird pass food from it talons to the bill. This spectacular Falcon often showed great agility as it twisted and changed direction whilst in pursuit of prey.
Also over the water was a pair of Common Terns, these sleek looking birds also showed great agility as they hawked for insects over the water.
A target bird for me today, and not unexpected, was Garden Warbler, 2 of these were present including one bird seen in traditional habitat by the raised bank.
|Garden Warbler photographed at Thompson Water May 2012|
At least 2 Cetti's Warblers were singing in dense waterside scrub along the eastern side of the water. I am sure more birds are holding territory at this site. Cetti's Warbler were first recorded in the UK in the early 1970's in the Broadland area of Norfolk. Since this time this species has spread from their original foothold and was first recorded at Thompson Water in 2007. I was concerned that a couple of successive severe winters may have had a negative impact on the survival of Cetti's Warblers, however, it was very reassuring to hear these birds singing in the following springs. I have counted a maximum of 5 singing birds at Thompson Water....a very welcome addition to my patch.