Breckland Birder

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

Monday, 13 February 2017

Red Kite over Watton
Tree Sparrows (10+) at Merton
Goshawk at Merton

Following yesterday mornings snowfall, this morning began bright and almost early Spring-like.  The wind however was a strong south-easterly.
I visited a number of local sites today starting with Hockham early morning.  At least 6 singing Song Thrushes were located and a mobile flock of Tits comprised Long-tailed Tits and Marsh Tit.  A couple of habitats were visited which should hold Tree Pipits from April onwards.
Back at home in Watton and a lovely Red Kite was seen low over the houses attracting attention from Corvid species, Gulls, and a small flock of Starlings.  
Kestrel (male) near Watton 13/02/17
Two localities were visited in the afternoon starting with a large maize strip close to 'The Arms' near Little Cressingham.  The wind was strong as it cut across open fields, this appeared to impact on the large numbers of Bramblings seen recently.  A few were seen, one particular flying bird, although distant, revealed in strong light its highly diagnostic narrow white rump.

Merton
My final visit for the day was close to the village of Merton where I spent about 35 minutes (1455-1530) watching a wonderful habitat where a range of species were seen. Species seen on this spot check were:
1 Goshawk, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 6+ Blackbirds, Robin,
Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow, 10+ Tree Sparrows and Goldfinch

Following this productive visit I drove back home to my home in Watton where I saw a fine male Kestrel sitting in an Ivy clad tree.

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