Breckland Birder

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

Friday, 9 September 2016

An early morning visit to Hockham produced at least 3 Hobby, one of which, a juvenile was 'scoped. The young Hobby had a buff-creamy tones to its breast, underparts, and facial 'cheek' areas, and lacked the red 'trousers' of the adult Hobby.
With the wind being a fresh south-westerly I didn't expect to see much evidence of migrants in the Watton Brook valley, and indeed, all I saw was a first winter female Stonechat.  A juvenile Grey Heron was seen nearby.
Shortly after midday I arrived at Houghton.  A check of distant skies produced soaring Common Buzzard but no evidence of passage raptors at this time.  The only notable passage seen here was a south-westerly movement of Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls.  A single Sparrowhawk hunted along a hedgerow, also a Kestrel hunted.  A few Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were also heard on this short visit.

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