Paul Newport's personal blog of birding in Breckland,Norfolk
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport
Monday, 16 January 2017
An afternoon visit to Thompson Water saw the best light conditions for some days now, this significantly highlighted the beautiful plumages of various species of Ducks on the water. Good numbers of Teal were seen, mostly close to, or in the floating vegetation, however, the best vocalist for me on the visit was the gorgeous whistle of Wigeon, of which several were present. Gadwall and Mallard were present in smaller numbers and a single male Shoveler was seen.
Coal Tit at Thompson Water 16/01/17
I found a place to sit for a while and watch an area of waterside, rank, vegetation, whilst there I was treated to some good views of a single Cetti's Warbler silently moving through cover, often very close to water.
Tit species were well represented including many Marsh Tits, Coal Tits, Blue and Great Tits. Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, and Goldcrest noted.