I arrived along one of the many minor roads which passes through the forest, just prior to 0700. A walk along a number of forest rides produced several singing Song Thrushes, Goldcrests, and Treecreeper. The Fen held the following:
3 Mute Swans
Canada Geese (pair)
1 Grey Heron
1 Water Rail (calling)
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (all 'drumming' birds)
1 Reed Bunting - singing male
A short but productive visit to this beautiful, ancient site brought my first presumed migrant Chiffchaff of the year. Of the species seen on this visit a noisy Marsh Tit was particularly entertaining as he flew around his territory singing his loud song.
A calling Little Grebe was on one of the largest Pingo's on the common.
The common is a mixture of wonderful habitats from dry gorse to very damp woodland, scrub, and Pingo's. A patch of dry gorse habitat held a singing Yellowhammer whilst damp scrub held a singing Reed Bunting.
|Marsh Tit (singing male) Thompson Common 19/03/16|
Also present on the common was a single Chiffchaff giving its "hweet" call.
A single Great Spotted Woodpecker was 'drumming' and a couple of Green Woodpeckers were seen and heard.
A flock of 40+ Redwings was a reminder that winter is not over yet.