Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Watton Brook Valley

Watton Brook and its banks are now looking very lush and full of weedy growth, a habitat which will hold a vast number of invertebrates and insect prey for migrating birds.  As I have written before, the fencing and posts along the Brook will hold resting migrant species.
Watton Brook Valley at Litte Cressingham. A very lush habitat that today supported Robin, Wren, Yellowhammers, Goldfinches on thistle, and a Whitethroat skulking amongst reeds.  Whilst watching this habitat, I failed to notice a raptor which passed directly overhead, only to be picked up as it was gliding behind trees.  The attitude of the wings suggested a possible Honey Buzzard passing through.  A pair of Red Kites were seen on distant stubble, slowly walking to probably  pick up carrion or insect prey.
Blackcap eating Elderberries
Watching a small mixed length of Bramble, Elder, Hawthorn, and Sallow in Little Cressingham produced a couple of migrant Blackcaps feeding upon Elderberries and Blackberries.
Sometimes alarmed, the Blackcaps gave their typical tongue-clicking "tak" call.
An elusive Chiffchaff moved through dense habitat.
A calling Little Grebe was heard, and close by, a pair of Mute Swans have 3 large young with them.

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