Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Threxton, Norfolk

Getting steadily better now, although still have facial swelling.  I have an appointment at the dentist on 11th September to have the offending tooth extracted...just want to be freed on this awful pain.
I decided to get out for some air this afternoon and visited Threxton Sewage Treatment Works.  It was raining heavily and persistently for most of this visit, this gave way to lighter rain/drizzle later.
There was evidence of migrant activity in bushes around the plant, however, once the heavy rain cleared, the area was dripping Chiffchaffs, some were bedraggled looking wet birds whilst others appeared to be adorned in post-breeding moulted, neat-looking plumages.  A single male Blackcap was also seen, he also gave a little sub-song.  Typically, Goldcrests were numerous.
With the STW, I estimated 300-400 Hirundines constantly sweeping close to the plant for food.  The majority appeared to be House Martins and Swallows, and at least a single Sand Martin was also seen.
The number of Hirundines increased my expectations of Hobby, and indeed, a single Hobby approached from the east at speed and made a mind-boggingly quick turn to chase a Hirundine species, however, the raptor appeared from the other side of the church in a more leisurely flight and empty-taloned. 

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