Breckland Birder

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

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hockham, Norfolk

A very mild start to the day at 8 degrees Celsius. Dull, misty, and a day of very poor light, whatever the weather, available light, and atmospheric moods, beauty is always to be appreciated.
And indeed at Hockham this morning, light was very poor with varying amounts of mist, however, I could just make out Teal through the 'scope, a great insight into their swamp-like world.
A Grey Heron stands motionless by a ditch at Hockham 08/01/17
Teal were obvious long before I arrived at my location and despite the mist, along with birds hidden in the swampy habitat, the birds must have numbered in their hundreds.  Occasionally, the incessant calling Teal was interrupted by the beautiful whistle call of WigeonShoveler and Mallard, along with a male Pintail were seen.
More obvious was a single Little Egret hunting in the shallows, the left foot being used to stir up the silt in search for food items.  A couple of Grey Herons were also seen.
The rich woodland periphery held at least 4 'drumming' Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  A single male Tawny Owl called from nearby Oak woodland.  Two male Stock Doves sang.
Thrush species were represented by 30+ Redwings, a few Blackbirds, and a single Mistle Thrush.
An early morning overhead movement of 50+ Siskins was seen, presumably these birds had left their roost for their feeding grounds.  In a tall Birch 30+ Goldfinches held onto the finest outer branches picking at seeds. 


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