Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 2 December 2019

Thompson Common, Norfolk

A stunning morning with a moderate frost at dawn then bright, sunny conditions throughout the day.
The winter woodland is now dominated by mobile flocks of Tit species in their never-ending search for food, this morning was no exception with good numbers of Blue Tits (20+), Marsh Tits, Coal Tits, and Great Tits frequently seen this morning.  Nuthatch (2+) also seen.
Damp Birch woodland on Thompson Common 2nd December
A stunning Nuthatch at Thompson Common 2nd December
There appeared to be little Finch movement during my visit other than the odd Siskin passing over and calling.
A single Goshawk was seen flying into a tree canopy, its presence scattering Wood Pigeons.
Thompson Water 2nd December
My visit took in Thompson Water where a variety of Duck species were seen, these included Wigeon (20+), Mallard (40+), Shoveler, and Gadwall.  3+ Grey Herons, a single Grey Wagtail, and one Little Grebe were seen.
As expected within the dense reeds, a Water Rail gave its eerie squealing call.
Within mature woodland on the common a single Tawny Owl briefly called from its daytime roost site.

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