I spend a lot of time birding along the valley, especially at this time of year when the lush habitats which follows the water margins, attract migrant birds to feed and rest. Much of the valley is grazing for sheep and cattle, fencing and posts which border the fields and contain the livestock are always worth checking for migrant birds.
Today I visited the valley at Great Cressingham and Bodney in the morning, and Threxton mid/late afternoon.
The lush valley initially appeared quiet, however, I was quite early and was optimistic that migrants would be found.
|Whitethroat at Bodney 06/09/14|
I found a patch of rough ground with scattered Elders, I concentrated my efforts on one Elder where large clumps of black fruits were there for the taking. Waiting paid off when a Whitethroat dropped in to feed. Robin, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, and overhead, 50+ Swallows hunted.
|Skulking Reed Warbler (immature) Great Cressingham 06/09/14|
This record shot shows the Reed Warbler in cover.
I started this walk by checking the ever-productive habitat at the Sewage Treatment works. Straight away it was evident that lots of birds were present, most notably, Chiffchaffs, however, a single juvenile Spotted Flycatcher was in the mix of other birds moving along dense roadside habitat
|Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher at Threxton 06/09/14|
Other birds seen at this time was a number of Chiffhcaffs, a passing mixed flock of mostly Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrest, and Blue Tits.
I paid a short visit further along the lane with little success, I therefore returned to the sewage treatment works. Once again, Chiffchaff dominated, however, a splash of yellow was provided by a probable family party of 5 Grey Wagtails.