No Twite but a good 'hat-trick' at Holkham......
Still no sign of any Twite at Thornham Harbour (15th) but a Red Kite fly-past was good, as was a classic Goldfinch on a Teasel!
Another Red Kite along with a Great White Egret and a Spoonbill at Holkham Freshmarsh was certainly noteworthy!
A Barn Owl, alongside the road at Salthouse was nice to see and finally a Muntjac at Kelling ended another enjoyable day out with Jason Nichols.
Red Kite Goldfinch
A Breckland chorus of Redwings......
No evidence either visually or audibly to suggest the presence of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along the river at Santon Downham (22nd), but a Great Spotted was seen in the top of a tree and a Green was heard.
One of the most notable events during the visit was the sound of a good number of birds singing in the woods on the opposite side of river, something like the chorus you would hear coming from a group of Starlings. However, the chorus of songs/sub-songs were from Redwings, some (but by no means all) could be seen at the edge of the wood.
Nuthatches and Siskins were seen and heard along the river, with the latter coming down on the newly installed sandstone path, probably for grit.
A subsequent visit later in the day was rewarded with views of a Grey Wagtail searching for food around the areas silted up by fallen tree branches and a pair of Mandarins which were seen flying down river, uttering their very unique calls.
A look for Goshawk around the Cockley Cley area drew a blank, as did any definite sightings of Willow Tit. However, a nice collection of birds were seen in the general area, which included Marsh and Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Siskin, a flock of Redwings and Fieldfares, 2 Mistle Thrush and several Common Buzzards. A Roe Deer was also seen, as was the first Bombus lucorum (White-tailed Bumblebee) of 2018, whilst a hoverfly, probably an Eristalis species had to go unidentified as it would not pose for pictures!
The Blackbird, a very understated species with a very melodic song
Siskin Grey Wagtail
Nuthatch Great Spotted Woodpecker Moorhen