November started with an early morning stroll on the West Hethersett loop with thoughts of checking out the visible migrating birds or ‘Vizmig’ as it is known. Early mornings from a good vantage point will reward the watcher with high flying migrating thrushes, larks and finches. As I set out from The twin Church towers at Great Melton there was the usual calling of local jackdaws and crows and the only bird overhead was a solitary black-headed gull.
The challenge with visible migration is identify small birds often flying high overhead but fortunately the first couple of birds were obligingly calling and could be identified by their flight calls as skylark and linnet. Both these birds can be found locally but both appeared to be making deliberate journeys high and to the south suggesting they were on route elsewhere. Next up was a local bird heard again and very elusive a bullfinch and one which appears to be very vocal recently perhaps getting some early pair bonding in.
After a trip round the Great melton reservoir produced only moorhens and mallard I headed back along the field margins when I heard the ‘chacking’ of three thrushes who flew up and away showing their definitive white underwing patches to go with their definitive calls my first fieldfares of the year fresh in from Northern Europe.
Later in the day I happened on another unexpected but welcome surprise and a first for me in nearby Wymondham I saw a large bird sitting silhouetted by the sunset on top of the Abbey. I had my telescope handy so checked I had seen what I thought was a peregrine falcon and was rewarded with a male bird staring back down the scope at me. I anticipate the new nest box and camera will see plenty of peregrine action in the new year.
Video of the post this time of the regular favourite the Roe deer with this stag getting a little closer than some and in the daylight hours rather than as so often nocturnally.