Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Barnham Broom and Great Hockham, Norfolk

Barnham Broom
Whilst at work in the Barham Broom area this morning I noticed small numbers of Redwings over the village, almost certainly arrivals from the previous night.  Following on from these newly arrived winter migrants, a small flock of 5+ House Martins were seen at about 0950 flying in an easterly direction with purpose.

Great Hockham
A fairly grey afternoon with occasional very light drizzle and a north-easterly wind.
Walking along the forest rides there was plenty of signs of autumn with trees dropping their leaves and some fantastic autumn colours starting to appear.
Plenty of evidence of mobile flocks in the mostly pine woodland with Long-tailed Tits being joined by Marsh, Coal, Great, and Blue Tits.  Also wandering with these was Goldcrest and Treecreepers. Nuthatch was heard.
Further evidence of newly arrived Thrushes was seen at Hockham Fen when a flock of c.100 Redwings passed overhead in a westerly heading.
Small numbers of Siskins were heard passing over the mixed woodland habitat. 

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