I arrived at this locality at 0715, remaining until 1045. I allowed an hour of visible migration between 0935 until 1035 with little evidence of passage.
|Migrant habitat at Houghton|
Following my visit to this staging post, I investigated the nearby hedgerows which are always good for migrant species. Once again, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, and Whitethroats were present in good numbers. One Whitethroat was observed eating Blackberries. 3 Meadow Pipits directly above would have been recently arrived migrants, perhaps from upland Britain.
At 0935 I set up for a migrant watch, however, I didn't witness any movement at this time, nevertheless, a nice flock of 70+ Lapwings was seen to the distant NW. Closer to my position I saw a pale phase Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, and a single Mistle Thrush over. 10+ House Martins passed overhead in a northerly heading.
Watton Brook Valley (Little Cressingham)
I arrived at the WB Valley at about 1530 to the noise and sight of hundreds of Corvids on grassland to the west along the valley, surely, a Goshawk took interest in this gathering.
|Stonechat in the Watton Brook Valley 18 Sept.|
Also, close by, 2 juvenile Blackbirds fed upon blackberries and a mobile Tit flock comprising Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tits, and Chiffchaff, moved through Sallows.
Finally, a single Snipe was seen flying west along the valley.