Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Ashill (Common Road), Norfolk

Probably the warmest day of the year so far with temperature highs of 24 degrees. Some cloud bubbled up but otherwise it was bright and sunny.

Chiffchaff with food for young at Ashill, 17/05/14.
As was expected along my route Whitethroats were present in good numbers and a single Lesser Whitethroat was seen in a dense bramble thicket where I suspected it would be.  Also, a Chiffchaff was seen carrying a beak full of Caterpillars, a sure sign of youngsters in the nest.
Further along the road to the east, 2 singing Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, and 2 Bullfinches (males), however, I still have to record Turtle Doves in the area, a species which has shown site fidelity here for a number of years.

Watton (Garden) 1500
A few minutes in the garden looking for passage Raptors saw 2 Hobbies together, quite high flying very purposefully south to north.  The direct flight of these Falcons indicates these may be on passage.  It will be interesting to read or hear of any other records from today which may point towards evidence of passage Raptors from other parts of Norfolk and beyond.   

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