Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Sunday, 17 May 2015

An evening walk at Thompson Water, Norfolk.

1900-2000: Cloudy with low light on this evening visit, however, when light is good Thompson Water is often best visited at this time when the sun is behind you and providing excellent views across the water, especially when light bounces off the golden phragmite reeds.
I was hoping for Hobby on this evening visit but none were seen on this occcasion.  I thought I was in luck for a raptor species when a gathering of noisy Crows were congretating around an area of reeds and thick Sallow habitat, however, they eventually moved off with no raptor showing.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Thompson Water 17/05/15 
The woodland around Thompson Water held most interest with common summer migrants in song, these included Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, and an occasional singing Reed Warbler in distant reeds.  A Water Rail gave its squealing call from reed cover.
A single Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and photographed and a couple of late singing Goldcrests were heard.

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