Breckland Birder

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

Monday, 15 August 2016

Houghton-on-the-Hill (Arrival of migrants)

This morning had an early autumn feel to it, cool at 9 degrees, calm with early sun soon replaced by high cloud.
This morning turned out to be very productive for migrants, and indeed, I conducted a spot check on a favourite late summer habitat with good results.  The check took in a small area of thick Elder, Hawthorn, and Sallow around a natural spring.

Spot Check 0615-0645:  It was clear from my spot check that a recent arrival of migrants had probably occurred in the night.
Many Blackcaps were seen, in fact 3 males and a female shared the same small Elder where they fed upon the fruits there.  Also seen in the immediate area and feeding upon Elderberries was 2+ Whitethroats, 1+ Lesser Whitethroat (a spectacular looking bird), Chiffchaffs, and a single Tree Pipit

Also noted was good numbers of resident species, these included 4+ Bullfinches (all juveniles), Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits, Goldcrest, several Blackbirds, and at least one Song Thrush.
Further checks of nearby hedgerows produced Whitethroats and Blackcaps whilst overhead, 20+ Golden Plovers flew over in an easterly heading. 

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