Breckland Birder

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

Monday, 20 April 2015

Hockham Fen

I arrived at the Hockham picnic site car park at about 0550.  As soon as I arrived Blackcaps were in song, and indeed, more were heard along with several Chiffchaffs and Song Thrushes whilst on route along forest trails leading to the fen.
A singing Sedge Warbler was heard within the fog shrouded fen, this was my first record of this species this year, and as with previous years, the taller reeds on the fen was its favoured home.  Also heard was a 'squealing' Water Rail within thick cover, also, the song of this highly elusive bird was heard.
A few Snipe (5+) and Lapwings were seen along with a couple of in-flight Grey Herons silhouetted in the fog.
It was good to hear Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs in song on my walk back to the car, however, Willow Warblers were conspicuous by their absence in a number of typical habitats.

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