Close to 'The Arms' a single Marsh Harrier flew west.
NOTES: Initially quiet upon my arrival with little movement, but at 0520, 400+ Starlings flew in from the south and all alighted in a single dead Oak. Most of these birds were juveniles, and many were beginning to acquire patches of adult plumage. After some preening, many flew off north to presumably feed on pig fields whilst smaller numbers settled on the grassland adjoining the brook to feed.
|Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile) Watton Brook Valley 10th August. Note red crown which ages this bird.|
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers also joined the Starlings and Mistle Thrushes in the same dead tree, one of the Woodpeckers was confirmed a juvenile bird with its all red cap.
Despite the slow start, this turned out to be a productive visit with an exciting range of commoner species all in a gregarious mix.