Breckland Birder

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

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Houghton-on-the-Hill 0640-0950

Another dry day, however, this morning was cooler than recent days.  Full cloud cover with a moderate east-north-easterly wind.

c.50 Golden Plover high south-west
Song Thrush - both arrivals and passage seen. Movements mostly west
Redwing - A few calling birds over west and south-west
3 Chiffchaffs heard
Goldcrests
1 Brambling south

I visited this locality today for observing bird migration.  Thrushes dominated although not in any great numbers so far.  Song Thrushes were the most numerous migrants with lesser numbers of Redwings.   Numbers of Thrushes varied, most were in single figures but one flock of 30+ Song Thrushes over west.  The hedgerows were occupied by many Song Thrushes giving their familiar "tik" calls.
A small flock of about 50 Golden Plover passed high overhead south-west.

Visible migration
I chose one of my regular watch-points for an hour or so overlooking the valley below and beyond.
Once again small numbers of Thrushes seen above me and also distant west of me.  The highlight for this watch was an overhead Brambling (calling) in a southerly heading.


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