Breckland Birder

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

Monday, 18 January 2016

Hockham Fen, Norfolk

Hockham Fen never ceases to amaze me in every season and in whatever weather.  My visit this afternoon was in almost freezing conditions and although fairly quiet, the beauty of this small jewel within the vast Thetford Forest was appealing as ever.
The lack of wildfowl seen today was no doubt due to any still water within the fen being frozen.  When not frozen in winter it is my belief that this important site holds internationally important numbers of Teal.
Hockham Fen 18/01/16
On the fen today I saw 2 Grey Herons, 3 Canada Geese, and small numbers of winter Thrushes in the peripheral woodland, these comprised a few Redwings, Fieldfare, and a single Mistle Thrush.  A single Stock Dove stood on top of a tall, dead tree trunk, a known breeding site for the species.
A number of angry Carrion Crows indicated a a probable raptor species , however, I could not locate the possible intruder.  The intruder was possibly a Goshawk, a regular bird here.
Quiet, yes, however, a wonderful site to visit at any time.

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