Breckland Birder

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

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A good morning in the Brecks, and evidence of passage seen.

The weather forecasters got it wrong again, I was expecting rain and cloud, however, it was a very pleasant day, sunny, quite warm in sheltered parts, and a high of 13 degrees Celsius.
A range of habitats were explored this morning from mature Pine compartments to recently cleared areas ready for planting sapling conifers.  A good range of species seen with highlights being:

1 Goshawk female
2 Buzzard
1 Curlew - high east and calling
Woodlark (including well seen pair)
Willow Tit
2 Crossbill
Redpoll

1 Curlew (migrant) east at about 1015. I initially heard this bird approaching from the west, then it was seen directly overhead, high, and flying east, direct and purposefully.  This was clearly a passage bird and I would like to think this is a bird making for its Breckland breeding grounds, some miles from where I was birding this morning.

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