Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 2 October 2015

Morley St Botolph and Deopham, Norfolk

Morley St Botolph and Deopham
The main feature of the landscape in the Morley and Deopham areas is the vast open, rolling farmland, and long lanes bordered by hedgerows.  Some of these lanes are very narrow and winding, and unsuited to many modern day vehicles, but clearly life-lines in days gone by between the various small villages in the area.
This morning I parked at the church at Morley and walked west along Swingy Lane and returned via the Deopham to Wymondham road, probably some 3 miles distance.

4 Swallows
2+ House Martins
2 Chiffchaff
17+ Skylarks
60+ Greenfinches

The walk along Swingy Lane at dawn produced the first Chiffchaff of the walk, a singing bird in a wooded hedge.  The only other bird seen along the lane was a Wren flying through thick foilage in a ditch.
The walk back along the Deopham to Wymondam road saw lots of 'loafing' Gulls, mostly Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the large fields.  Close to the junction with Morleyfield Lane a small flock of 17+ Skylarks were above me, whilst in a roadside Hawthorn my second Chiffchaff of the walk was heard.
Along Mill Lane, Morley, a very nice flock of 60+ Greenfinches were attracted to a patch of tall weed seeds where they fed.  This was a pleasing sight to see this many Greenfinches, a mass of Yellow tail and wing flashes seen when in flight.
Within the village of Morley St Botolph 4 Swallows were seen on wires and a pair of House Martins were visiting a nest-site, a late brood perhaps. 

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