Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 16 October 2015

Thrush passage

Well, after 5 weeks of almost solid work I have today started a holiday from work, and as predicted in my previous post, the weather conditions for tonight and into tomorrow morning are looking good for Thrush passage.  Thrush migration is one of most eagerly awaited for birding events, I always marvel at the sometimes massive passage of Thrushes over my patch.  Birds can be seen low, high, or even falling into hedges at dawn to feed up and rest.  As a little taster, today brought a few sightings of Thrush species over my home town of Watton in Norfolk.
This morning at about 0945, a flock of some 70+ Redwings passed low over the town.
At dusk from my garden (1750-1810) I was hoping for some visible migration before it was too dark, this proved productive with a number of small flocks of Redwings (largest about 20 birds), Song Thrush, and a few Blackbirds, the largest group was of 5 birds with others mixed in with smaller winter Thrushes.  It was interesting to see that all of these birds were quite low, some were clearly rising from nearby hedges where they would have fed and rested during the day before continuing during the hours of darkness to their journeys to their wintering grounds either in the UK, possibly the warmer south-west, or to the Iberian Peninsula.                                                                                 


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