Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Thompson, Norfolk

A mid-afternoon to sunset circular walk starting at the church in the beautiful Breckland village of Thompson in Norfolk.  Most activity as you would expect came as the sun was going down with various species flying in different directions to their respective roost-sites.
Early during the walk along Drove Lane, several Redwings seen flying into bushes and trees either side of the track, although 2 Redwings flew from low down in a thick Bramble patch.  A single Mistle Thrush was seen, also Jay, and a few Goldfinches with a Siskin with them.
Most interest came prior to and immediately after sunset near the church.  Overhead, 2 Lapwings west, and a flock of Starlings also west making for their roost-site.  High-flying flocks of Gulls headed NW to their roost-sites.
Some 30 minutes prior to sunset I was watching a flock of 40+ Greenfinches wheeling above me and alighting in various trees.  As sunset approached this flock was joined by other mostly smaller flocks of Greenfinches (largest flock 20+), and pairs and singletons.  A tall tree was a favoured arrival location before it was safe for the birds to descend to their roost-site.  There was in excess of 110 Greenfinches in total and all entered their roost-site in thick Laurel.

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