Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 20 March 2015

Hockham Fen/Forest, Norfolk 0715-0745

Hockham Fen
Mute Swan
9+ Greylag Geese
2 Shoveler (males)
Mallard
Teal
1 Water Rail calling
4 Lapwing (display seen)
19+ Snipe
2 Grey Herons
Wood Pigeon
Stock Dove (pair)
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (drumming)
1 Meadow Pipit over
1 Pied Wagtail (male)
Jay
Fieldfare
Redwing
Treecreeper
5 Siskins over
2 Reed Buntings (singing males)

Hockham Forest (Trails and mixed woodland)
Redwing
6+ Song Thrushes
Marsh Tit
Coal Tit (song heard)
Nuthatch
4+ Treecreeper
4+ Goldcrests (singing males)
Jay
Siskins over

An early morning, pre-eclipse walk from Hockham Picnic site to Hockham Fen and return through woodland trails produced at least 25 species.
My arrival at the fen was greeted with at least 19 Snipe rising up from the boogy parts of the fen close to where I watching from.  I wonder what the true numbers of Snipe were in total around the fen...impressive count I suspect.

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