Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 2 February 2015

Thompson Water, Norfolk

A beautiful starlit night was followed by a bright and cold day.  Dawn temperatures reached -3 degrees and climbed to a high of 3 degrees celsius.
Nuthatch at Thompson Water 02/02/15
I parked in woodland close to Thompson Water at about 0700, the skies were clear and there was a lovely Orange glow on the eastern horizon.
A walk through damp woodland carr habitat was fairly quiet at this time, however, it was beautiful nevertheless.
Following my early walk through the semi-lit woodland, I made my way along the western edge of the water to watch the reeds and dense, damp Willow scrub.  The rising sun brought much activity with Marsh, Coal, Blue, and Great Tits, all seen.  A Coal Tit was heard in song as was a male Siskin.
At least 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were present, this included a male and female together.
As is typical with this type of habitat, several Nuthatches (5+) were seen or heard, including the lovely bird photographed here.
The water itself was almost completely covered in a thin film of ice, however, a clear area of open water along the north end held 100+ Teal.  These beautiful small ducks were often heard when I was walking through woodland earlier, they give a distinctive "kleep" call.
Walking back to the car, a few Redwings were heard in treetops giving their thin "seeeep" call.  A nice end to this visit.

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