January Highlights West Hethersett


A walk through of the western side of Hethersett produced a number of Patch highlights with the first being a flock of Bullfinches in the Gardens at the Great Melton End of Hethersett Rd. The flock of Egyptian Geese are also still present in the adjacent field and not too difficult to miss being very vocal with their own brand of honking calls. A walk from Great Melton quickly produced the first Kestrel of the year hovering over the geese field. Shortly afterwards a flock of 25 Pied Wagtails was another first for the year. Almost unnoticed with the Pied wagtails in front of the Church in the field was a Meadow Pipit.

Pipits are the kind of bird that can easily go unnoticed and be difficult to ID fortunately the following BTO Video will give any one who is unsure the pointers they need.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti5-wah4eBA

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(Field in front of Great Melton Church scan for pipits wagtails etc)

In the same field as the pipits were Pheasants,  Red Legged Partridges and a robin. The hedgerows were full of the usual Blackbirds. Great Tits, a skulking Moorhen and there were flyovers by Black-headed gulls. a Magpie, Carrion Crow and Rooks. Final flyover was a circling Cormorant which dropped down on the fishing lake for some fishing of his own.

DSCN4373On the fishing lake were the resident mallards and in the adjacent woods were the regular roaming flocks of mixed birds including great tits, blue tits, long-tailed tits and goldcrest.

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