Brecks for Breckland Specialities 25 Mar 2012

 Breck for Breckland Specialities  25th March, 2012    reporter (and leader) Glenn Collier

Our day of birding started at 7.30 for early risers at  Santon Downham and 9.00 am for the main walk . We thought a few would turn up early , so  it was a great surprise to see 20 people,  especially with the clocks changed .  The weather was cool but we soon warmed up in hot Santon Downham . We only had about an hour or so before we met the others, so with lots of beady eyes we had  33 birds and highlights were, Great Grey Shrike,  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker  ( seen by a few of us ) Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Brambling, Redwing      ~    Full list below 

We hot wheeled it to Lynford Arboretum to meet up with a few  more WVBS  members at 9.00 am  and a cup of tea They felt deflated on hearing what we had seen, but there was more for all of us.  With great enthusiasm 23 of us headed up the main track and it wasn’t long before we saw MarshTit,  Crossbill, and a male Goldcrest ;unusually showing off  his raised crest, that was a bonus.   We were in search for the ( Beak ) you guessed it  Hawfinch,   We searched for quite some time and down a track with bird feeders, we saw another Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Linnet .  A  Hawfinch was eventually found in the Arboretum area, with great telescope views for all of us and soon followed by a lovely Firecrest, also showing his raised crest.       Now we`re on a roll   ~   Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, Canada Goose. The main lake gave us more goodies and near by were    Buzzards,Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Curlews and a lucky Goshawk ~ WOW!


We headed off to Cockley Cley area for lunch ‘n drinks with singing Woodlark. While enjoying lunch, Lucy located a Stone Curlew for us,  but with a local man seemingly unhappy with our mass arrival, it was best for us to leave ‘n head for Nunnery lakes . We had some good birds and highlights were Snipe, Reed Bunting and a pair of Kingfishers .

A Quality Day     ~   68 species in total.    (  full list below)


Greenfinch, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Redwing,  Less.Redpoll, woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Wren, Pheasant, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Starling, SongThrush, Treecreeper, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Coot, Coal Tit, Canada Goose, Siskin, Robin, Dunnock, Mallard, Red -legged partridge, Jackdaw, Great Grey Shrike, Stockdove , Rook, Brambling, woodpecker, ………33

Woodpigeon, Black h. Gull, MarshTit, Chiffchaff, Croosbill, Firecrest, Kestrel, Little Grebe, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Tuffted Duck, Great crested Grebe, backed Gull, Gadwall, Reedbunting, magpie, pied wag, little egret, linnets, lapwing, green woodpecker, yellow hammer, sparrow hawk, jay, teal, Goshawk, Curlew, Woodlark, Egyptian Goose, Skylark,  Snipe,House Sparrow, Feral Pigeon, Kingfishers…………35


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