Sunday, 9 April 2017

Breckland Birding at Cavenham Heath

We started the day searching for the White Stork in Sudbury. But after an hour of scanning the paddocks and surrounding areas of Sackers Green, we failed to find the bird.
From here we spent the rest of the morning at Cavenham Heath. After negotiating the deeply potholed sandy track we quickly picked out two Stone-Curlews on the heath. Skylarks were very evident as were several Woodlarks. A walk out onto the heath provided close views of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

Willow Warbler

Woodlarks were singing from trees and giving their "parachuting" display flights. A Cuckoo gave a single call in the distance and was eventually located in a Beech tree. 


Cuckoo (B Anderson)

On the drive out a pair of Grey Partridge were spotted feeding among the short grass. With gunshots heard in the distance they were rightly cautious.

Grey Partridge


The final stop of the day would be to Santon Downham, where we heard a pair of Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers calling. But again failed to get any views of the birds. Nuthatches were very vocal and Brambling, Redpoll and Siskin all showed well in scrub bordering the river.
Woodlarks were again seen here, with several birds displaying from trees and the ground.


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