Breckland Birder

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

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Song Thrushes at Marlingford, Norfolk

For my work break this afternoon I visited the lovely churchyard at Marlingford.  A beautiful setting with a wonderful selection of mature trees within the yard and nearby parkland.  Beech, Oak Yew, Sycamore, and Hazel tree species surround the beautiful church.
As I strolled around the churchyard I noticed a couple of birds fly into a Hazel together, these were  juvenile Song Thrushes.  Both birds sat quietly for several minutes allowing lovely views of them both within the sun-dappled woodland.
Song Thrush (juvenile) Marlingford 26/07/16
 
Song Thrush (juvenile) Marlingford 26/07/16
The mottled head, speckled mantle, pale tips to the wing coverts, and pale gape flanges on both birds ages them as juveniles.  A further Song Thrush was heard to give an alarm call and another flew out of a Yew and into nearby parkland.  A great breeding record.
Little else seen or heard on this visit other than Coal Tits passing through and Wood Pigeons.

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