This was my first visit to Thompson Water this year. The summer nuisance that is Water Soldier has given way to mostly open water, although patches of this plant exists.
|Waterside habitat at Thompson Water 10/01/16|
On the water there was 10 Mute Swans (adults and juveniles), a few Gadwall, a couple of Wigeon, and Coot and Moorhen. A single Cormorant overhead.
The damp woodland habitat along the west side of the water held many Blue Tits, most visiting a feeding station. Also noted was Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatches and Treecreeper. A Chiffchaff was heard.
The walk back to the village of Thompson produced Bullfinch and Kestrel.
A mid to late afternoon visit to the STW initially produced a familiar figure walking towards me down the hill, it was birding friend Mick Saunt. We had a nice chat about was has been seen locally, as well as enjoying the numerous Goldcrests in the area. A single Buzzard was seen in a small tree across the valley.
After a nice meeting with Mick I then walked along the lane to as far as Woodcock Hall where several Gulls were loafing around floodwater in the valley.
|One of the many Goldcrests seen at Threxton 10/01/16|
As I drove home towards Watton, a Little Owl flew across the road in front of me.