Hockham Forest and Fen (early morning)
Firstly, I will open this account by trying to put you in the picture. I am sitting in my conservatory with the sound of families enjoying themselves on what is a beautiful afternoon, whilst above a number of calling Buzzards are soaring.
This morning at dawn I arrived at the Hockham Picnic site with the intention of walking a number of the forest trails to Hockham Fen. A target species was Willow Warbler, however, I failed in this quest.
My walk to the fen was very productive for common species with 18+ Chiffchaffs in song, also, and very encouragingly, 15+ male Song Thrushes were holding territory by singing. 3 male Blackcaps were singing, also 1 Mistle Thrush sang, and I located at least 6 Treecreeper territories, 4 Goldcrest territories, 6 Blackbird sites including 2 singing birds
|Red Deer (young stag) at Hockham Fen 06/04/15|
8+ Greylag Geese
2 Canada Geese (pair)
2+ Water Rail (calling)
Lapwing (including 2 pairs)
2 Grey Heron
1 Bullfinch over
Having left Hockham I made my way just up the road for a short visit to Thompson Common where plenty of suitable habitat exists for Willow Warbler, once again, no luck.
At least 6 or 7 Chiffchaff were in song along with a single singing male Blackcap.
An early afternoon walk along Common Road failed to produce Willow Warbler in suitable woodland scrub habitat.
3+ Chiffchaff were singing, also, 2 Kestrels, Yellowhammer, and 3+ Linnets were seen.
With settled conditions forecast for the coming week along with a south-easterly airflow, the floodgates will surely open with masses of migrants entering the country, including my so far elusive Willow Warbler.