Breckland Birder

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

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Dereham, Norfolk

A morning of moderately thick fog which was slow to clear, such conditions conjure thoughts of local falls of winter Thrushes.
I took my wife to Dereham for a few hours of shopping whilst I decided to wander down to the church close to the town centre.  On route to the church I stopped off for a coffee and despite the traffic and everyday noises of people going about their business, I could hear Fieldfares passing high overhead, only the odd one was visible due to the foggy conditions.
Blackbird in Yew at Dereham churchyard 26th Oct. (Perhaps a migrant bird)
A variety of beautiful tree specimens grow in the churchyard from a large Sycamore, an old Yew, and colourful Birch trees.
It soon became apparent that many Blackbirds and several Song Thrushes visited the churchyard from nearby wooded areas, many of which flew into the single Yew to feed upon its berries.  Perhaps these Thrushes were recently arrived migrants, the numbers of Song Thrushes present certainly indicated these were of continental origin.
Also seen in the churchyard was a single Coal Tit, Great Tit, and both Nuthatch and Treecreeper was heard.

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