Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 8 August 2015

The first signs of passerine migration.

Bodney, Norfolk (Watton Brook valley) 0800-0915
Now that we are in August, thoughts turn to passerine movements, although slow at the movement, as we move further into August and in to September, any habitat in any situation could hold migrants.
This morning I parked up at Little Cressingham and walked the B1108 road towards Bodney with the intention of searching overgrown ditches and area of rough grassland for passage Whinchats.  I did not locate Whinchat, however, I reached my intended destination near the Watton Brook to overview a small patch of rough grassland and scrub.
Upon arrival I heard the expected "tak" of the Blackcap, and indeed, a number were present either in Elder or feeding in a climber.  A Whitethroat appeared in the top of an Elder, then, shortly after this my eye caught movement of a small bird which appeared to have some reddish tone to it, a short search soon revealed a Redstart flying between cover and showing off its beautiful Orange-red tail.
A few Swallows were seen overhead and in nearby conifers, at least a pair of Goldcrests were foraging.

Threxton, Norfolk
Chiffchaff in Elder at Threxton 08/08/15

A check of the Watton Brook valley mid to late afternoon produced a single Little Egret at the waterside and later in the flood-plain.
A check of suitable habitat near the church produced several Chiffchaffs (adults and juveniles) moving through Elder and Hawthorn with good numbers of Long-tailed Tits.

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