Foxes in the Brecks......
A visit from one of the garden Hedgehogs at 00.30 was followed by a trip to the Brecks (31st) with Jason Nichols on a frosty and misty morning, which began at Lynford Arboretum, where Nuthatches were very vocal. At least 10 Brambling fed around and on the feeders and Chaffinch, Marsh, Great, Blue and Coal Tits were also in attendance.
Two Fieldfares were seen on the way down to the lake, but two Foxes, one in pursuit of the other, in the snow-covered paddock were what caught my eye. Both animals were in pristine condition and these much maligned animals were an absolute joy to see.
There was no sign of any Hawfinch, but Marsh, Coal, Blue and Great Tits, Nuthatch, Robin and Dunnock were coming for food at the bridge, where someone had arranged a moss-covered log and a branch to give the ‘impression’ of a natural background but only succeeded in looking totally contrived! A male Reed Bunting was in the lakes reeds and a Mistle Thrush was heard calling.
On the walk back to the car a Long-tailed Tit was added to the Titmice species for the day and a Goldcrest was also recorded here.
A walk along the Little Ouse at Santon Downham followed and here a drake Mandarin flew up from the river. A pair of Siskins were seen, with the female coming down onto the sandstone path and again, Nuthatches were very vocal.
No sign of any Woodpeckers, but at least 12 Redwing flew over and 2 Little Grebes and a Kingfisher flying down river were also of note.
Across the bridge, another 2 Little Grebes were seen on the river and Jason spotted a Water Rail looking for food amongst a fallen tree. A Great Grey Shrike had apparently been reported from the area but didn’t seem to have been seen since about 09.00.
More Brambling and a Nuthatch were coming to someone’s garden feeders near the bridge and a small charm of Siskins were in the top of the nearby conifers.
After a brief look for any of the rarer gulls at the industrial estate in Thetford, 2 Muntjac and a couple of Common Buzzards were seen on the journey home.
One of the two Foxes at Lynford
Some contrived Marsh Tit images and one not!
Coal Tit Dunnock Siskin