Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hilborough, Norfolk

A generally bright day, some mist at dawn.  A shift in the wind direction to a moderate, later, fresh easterly.
At 0645 I parked on the Bodney to Didlington road to walk the various forest rides.  The habitat here as one would expect is commercial Pine crop of varying ages.  Silver Birch, Oak, and Larch are also present.
With a shift in wind direction to an easterly, Thrush species were noted this morning as either arrivals or passage birds.

2 Buzzards
1 Kestrel
3+ Woodlarks
Song Thrush
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Marsh Tits
1 Chiffchaff
5+ Bullfinches

From the outset it was obvious that Thrush species were present in the Hilborough area from dawn with many Song Thrushes heard in woodland giving their "tik" calls.  Redwings were also heard here.
My walk along one of the rides produced at least 5 Bullfinches leaving their Pine and Birch roost sites.
Despite the noise from a nearby tractor I could hear the song of Woodlark near to a traditional site for the species.  Eventually, 3 Woodlarks were seen above a clearing together of which 2 were singing male birds.  Whilst watching the Woodlarks a small flock of Thrushes passed overhead high in a westerly heading.

Shortly after arriving back from my walk a few small flocks of Redwings passed over including a party of c.25 in a westerly heading.

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