With work beckoning in the garden this morning I paid a rather brief visit to Frost's Common where common Warbler species were in good voice. As soon as I arrived a Garden Warbler sang in mature, mixed woodland habitat. A few Blackcaps and Chiffchaff were both in song and a second Garden Warbler was heard in dense scrub, I would investigate this bird later. A calling male Cuckoo was heard widely from woodland to fen habitat. An short overview of Hockham Fen from one of the gates revealed a singing Reed Warbler hidden somewhere in lush habitat.
Making my way back, I decided to locate the second singing Garden Warbler of the day, I positioned myself along the edge of dense Birch, Gorse, and young conifer woodland, I could hear the Warbler and it was clear it was mobile. My patience was rewarded when the Garden Warbler appeared in a pine near Gorse scrub, but it was gone as soon as it appeared.
Little Cressingham (Great Cressingham Road)
A late afternoon walk from just north of 'The Arms' to Watton Brook and return. A very sunny afternoon with a high of 15 degrees celsius.
|Painted Lady at Little Cressingham 15/05/15. An early record.|
Close to the chalk pit I found my first Painted Lady of the year, a fine looking Butterfly, and quite early too as this migratory species generally arrives in the UK in June. A little further along the road a Whitethroat very briefly sang. The hedgerow alongside the road to 'The Arms' held a singing Garden Warbler.