2 Grey Herons
1 Little Egret
5+ Water Rails Hockham
c. 4000 Jackdaws/Rooks at Little Cressingham
4 Fieldfare Hockham
1 Chiffchaff at Little Cressingham
c. 20 Siskins
Red Deer Roaring at Hockham
What a fantastic autumnal feel this morning, low light, mist hanging over the fen and an out of sight Red Deer roaring frequently, a landscape with a very primeval glory.
|Hockham 15th October|
Local movements at sunrise included a small party of 20+ Siskins, and an overflying flock of about 30 Starlings. A few Fieldfares passed over very high, their "shack shack" call distinctive. A single Little Egret arrived from the east and alighted out of sight on the distant fen. 2 Grey Herons were seen.
At least 5 Water Rails were heard calling, given the suitable habitat which I did not check this morning, the true number of these secretive birds will be higher no doubt.
Finally, a check of another part of the fen produced 2 Sparrowhawks soaring low over woodland.
A very brief visit to the Great Cressingham road north-west of 'The Arms' produced an estimated 4000+ mixed Rook and Jackdaw flock, a very impressive sight, whilst in the roadside hedgerow a single Chiffchaff called a few times. Also, Goldcrests heard and Redwings seen and heard in wooded areas.