Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Hingham, Norfolk

Today I was given permission to survey a beautiful piece of private land at Hingham.  I arrived at 0600 for a 3 hour visit.  It was cloudy at dawn with a strong west wind, cloud cleared to give bright conditions, however, the wind remained a feature of the weather.
It was clearly evident on this visit that migratory species are now well and truly on territory with males in song and nest building being seen.  In addition to this, copulation was seen and food collection observed, thus indicating the presence of young in the nest.
Hingham, Norfolk 09/05/15.  This beautiful stretch of mixed hedgerow held singing Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Song Thrush and Yellowhammer
Wood Pigeons
1 Swift passed over
2 Meadow Pipits (pair carrying food for young)
3+ Song Thrush
Blackbird (singing male and pair)
Mistle Thrush
3+ Whitethroats (singing males on territory)
2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males)
3+ Blackcap territories
2 Chiffchaff (pair observed collecting nest material)
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit 2 sites
3 Bullfinch (pair + single)
Chaffinch common
Yellowhammer (4+ sites included pair mating)  
Whitethroat at Hingham 09/05/15 (At least 3 singing males on site)

Chiffchaff at Hingham 09/05/15 (one of a pair nest building)
The variety of birdlife seen with this area clearly shows the value of a mixed habitat where several species co-exist togther, it was also very pleasing to see different species at different stages of breeding from singing to defend territory, copulation, nest-building, and food collection for young in the nest.
I will end this post by thanking my friend very much for allowing me access to this rich site...a wonderful experience.

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