Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Foulden, Norfolk

A lovely day with a hint of spring-like weather and a high of 10 degrees Celsius. The fresh south-easterly wind had a cool edge to it.

0800: An interesting movement of a single Skylark very high (singing) flying north-west and watched until lost to view.  A local movement, or a wintering bird making for breeding grounds in the uplands perhaps.

Foulden (mid afternoon)
A visit to Pine forest of varying ages from mature to a young compartment aged at about 5 years.  A mature Larch belt also visited.

4+ Woodlark
2 Mistle Thrushes - singing males
Marsh Tit
Coal Tit singing birds
20+ Chaffinches in stubble
Woodlark at Foulden 14/02/17.  Not the best angle, however, the diagnostic black and white patch on the wing is seen here.
Clearly, a large number of Siskins present in the mature Larch wood given the incessant calls given. The birds remained in the crowns making it impossible to count them, however, some seen feeding acrobatically upon the cones.  Redpolls (3 seen) were present with their cousins, again more likely in the treetops.
2 Mistle Thrushes were in fine voice.  20+ Chaffinches were seen in a field of weedy/stubble habitat.
My target bird for the afternoon was Woodlark and 4+ were found.  One bird was seen on logs within one of the windrows in breeding habitat whilst others were on adjoining land of stubble, bare land, and weed where they will feed.

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