Breckland Birder

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

Monday, 31 October 2016

High count of Grey Partridges

A real pea-souper this morning with thick fog from dawn clearing slowly to bring a sunny afternoon.
An early morning dog walk around the forest near Hilborough produced calling Brambling in the fog, although I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of 10+ Bramblings just over the tree canopy.
Back at home and with the fog slowly clearing I saw some Fieldfares very high flying west, despite the height the early morning sun really highlighted the white underparts of the birds as they passed overhead.  Bramblings were also heard high above the garden.

Great Cressingham
A mid afternoon dog walk produced a very healthy covey of 22 Grey Partridges on farmland close to the village.  As written in an earlier post, this area is good for this species and this count represents my best ever for this now scarce species.

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