Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Watton Brook Valley

1 Stonechat juv.
1 Yellow Wagtail west
1 Whitethroat (juvenile)

A night of showers was followed a morning of cloud and frequent showers driven along on a fresh, occasionally strong south-westerly.
The overnight rain, and continuing poor weather following sunrise was a good recipe for searching for grounded migrants, therefore, a check of the Watton Brook Valley at Little Cressingham was in order.
The first bird found was a juvenile Stonechat on fencing and posts.  A heavily spotted and streaked individual with some evidence of reddish beginning to show on its belly.
Whitethroat in a Briar patch in the Watton Brook Valley 21st August
A single juvenile Whitethroat was seen in a Briar patch close to the Brook, it was moving about in the sheltered side out of the strong wind.  I think this bird probably arrived here during the nights rain showers.
Whilst trying to relocate the Whitethroat I heard a familiar "sweep" call, I readily located a single Yellow Wagtail flying low and west along the valley.  I watched this bird for some time through binoculars as it continued its westerly passage until lost to view.  A lovely sleek looking Wagtail showing beautiful yellow underparts as it flew by.  Over the years I have seen migrant Yellow Wagtails in both spring and autumn along the valley.

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