|Golden Pheasant at Thompson, Norfolk 26/01/16|
Golden Pheasants occur at a number of Breckland localities close to my home in Watton but not in any great numbers.
Despite the male Golden Pheasants bright colours it can be surprisingly difficult to see as it moves through dense, dark woodland floor. I have found this species favours areas of Holly.
|Golden Pheasant near Thompson, Norfolk|
This bird silently wandered the woodland floor, picking at and scratching in the leaf litter.
Clearly the presence of this Golden Pheasant held my attention for some time, however, the morning also produced many singing passerine species.
10+ Song Thrushes were located as were a number of singing Treecreepers and Goldcrests. Marsh Tits were present in good numbers with males heard singing their repeated "chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip-chip" notes.
At least 5 'drumming' Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard, but no Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers on this visit. Nuthatch was seen and heard at a number of localities.
A short visit to Thompson Water produced 20 Mute Swans, Gadwall, and Coot, and in the reeds Reed Buntings were seen.