Breckland Birder

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

Friday, 6 January 2017

Hilborough and Thompson Water, Norfolk

Hilborough 0710-0800
Overnight clear skies resulted in a moderate frost this morning, however, no real ice concerns as there was yesterday morning.
An early morning walk with Toby around compartments of pine plantations produced first of all, the wonderful call of a male Tawny Owl.
Overhead, Finch species were either seen or heard including Brambling, and my first Crossbill for some time.

Thompson Water (late afternoon)
Following the early crispness of dawn, the day became increasingly more cloudy, this resulted in very dull, gloomy conditions, however, it was slightly milder than of late at 7 degrees Celsius.
A check of the water produced 100+ Mallard, 40+ Teal (some roosting on thin ice), 30+ Wigeon, and a few Gadwall.  Around the swampy periphery of the water a Water Rail called and a nearby Cetti's Warbler gave a burst of its explosive song.
Thompson Water 06/01/17

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