Swallows (including a gathering of 216+ birds)
1 Willow Warbler (moving along hedge)
Goldfinches (adults/juveniles on weeds in ditch)
1 CORN BUNTING
Yellowhammer (including male feeding young)
My first check of the morning was along a heavily vegetated ditch where almost straight away I saw a single Whitethroat moving through umbellifer habitat and other weed species. My first migrant of the morning was soon upstaged by a gathering of 216+ Swallows on overhead wires, additional birds were hunting low over nearby pasture, the true numbers of Swallows clearly much higher.
|Most of my time was spent watching this old section of an old hedgerow in Little Cressingham|
A couple of Blackcaps (male and female) were seen here, however, the most numerous species here was Yellowhammer. It was while watching the Yellowhammers that single, and very unexpected CORN BUNTING dropped in and sat beside a Yellowhammer, this was immediately useful in giving a comparison between the species. Corn Buntings are restricted to just a few area of Norfolk now, mostly in the north, but here in the Brecks they are indeed rare. Perhaps this is a wandering bird from its usual range in Norfolk.
|Yellowhammer at Little Cressingham 28/08/15|
Having left this lovely old hedgerow I continued along the lane and saw a small Warbler darting between cover, very shortly after I heard the familiar "hooweet" call of a Willow Warbler, quite different from the "hweet" call of the Chiffchaff.
Finally, I made my way to the Watton Brook Valley to check for migrant activity, nothing seen, however, the recently impaled beetle was gone....the Shrike plot thickens.
This male Yellowhammer was frequently seen carrying bills full of grain, and occasionally insects. This species may rear up to three broods in the year and are known to breed late in the season.
I am returning to work tomorrow now that the dental pain has almost gone. Hopefully I will get some birding done in my break.