Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 13 March 2017

Thrush passage

The birding day for me started in the small hours when Redwings were heard passing over.  Interestingly, small flocks of Redwings were seen passing overhead, east, from my garden soon after sunrise.
The day was dry with some good sunny spells giving a high of 15 degrees Celsius. The wind was a moderate westerly.

Ashill 0715-0900
A pleasant walk east of the village gathered a total of 31 species seen or heard as follows:

3 Buzzards
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
2 Lapwings over NW
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls South
Wood Pigeon
4 Stock Doves (2 pairs)
Collared Dove
Carrion Crow
100+ Starlings
2 Green Woodpecker - singles at two sites
Skylarks - numerous singing birds
1 Meadow Pipit over
3 Song Thrush - singing males
157+ Fieldfare - east passage
Great Tit
Blue Tit
2 Marsh Tit (including singing male)
2 Chiffchaff - singing males
4 Goldcrest - 2 pairs
10+ Linnet
Yellowhammer (6+ territories located)
4 Bullfinch (2 pairs)

Fieldfare passage
Although no spectacular numbers of Thrushes involved, today will be remembered as a day of Thrush passage which started in the early hours in the night sky above Watton when Redwings were heard overhead, this was followed by a light visual passage seen after sunrise.
My visit to Ashill this morning produced further interesting Thrush passage, this time involving Fieldfares.  A small flock of 12+ were seen in wooded habitat, however, two notable movements of Fieldfares seen as follows:
80+ birds east overhead at 0825 watched until almost lost to view.
65+ birds east overhead at 0900 watched until almost lost to view.
These two flocks of Fieldfares were undoubtedly outbound migrants journeying cross country before heading north to eventually make for their north European breeding grounds.  A moderate westerly wind would have aided their passage.

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