Thompson Water 0615-0800
|Chiffchaff at Thompson Water 23/03/15|
Several Nuthatches (4+) were heard as well as a number of singing Marsh Tits. Small numbers of Redwings were seen and heard passing through the tree-tops. 2 or 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were 'drumming'.
Around the peripheral habitat at Thompson Water, 3 Chiffchaffs were in full song. Nearby to where I was watching the Chiffchaff pictured here a Reed Bunting sang.
On the water, 2 Little Grebes gave their 'whinnying' like call. Walking back through carr habitat a Water Rail gave a call from cover.
Cockley Cley Warren (midday - early afternoon)
Cockley Cley Warren lies on the western limit of my patch and this afternoon I decided to visit the following a report yesterday (22/03) of a probable Booted Eagle passing over. A walk along the road did not produce this Buzzard-sized Eagle, however, several Buzzards (10+) were seen and a single Red Kite passed overhead.
At least 20+ Bramblings were seen along the roadside, these beautiful Finches were probably attracted to a cut maize strip and field edges for food. Chaffinches and Yellowhammers were also present. On a stony field alongside the road a few Fieldfare and 10+ Lapwings were seen.
Several Skylarks sang overhead, also, 2 Woodlarks were seen with one a singing male.
Mass dispersals of Wood Pigeons and calling Crows always immediately grab my attention, this happened on 2 occasions whilst I was overlooking the Warren, the first did not reveal anything as far as I could see, however, a second such dispersal was shortly followed by a Goshawk passing leisurely overhead.
I have only seen Booted Eagle on one occasion and that was on a mountain trail in Majorca, therefore, a Breckland bird would be nice, however, it was almost at this location in 2000 when I saw a long-staying White-tailed Eagle. With the recent White-tailed Eagle over nearby Great Cressingham, and the Breckland Short-toed Eagle last summer, other Eagle species are a distinct possibility.