Sunday, 17 January 2010

Sparham Pools

With such a glorious morning I took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours around Sparham this morning. The main pools were still frozen over, but the thaw had raised the water level in the river and created areas flooded open water.
The usual woodland birds were noted, but it was the waterfowl that became prevalent. Greylag Geese called, Mallards swam on the floods, accompanied by a Mute Swan. Surprises came in the form of 6 flyover redhead Goosander (regular in the area, but not when frozen) and even more so when 4 Bewick's Swan circled distantly. A flock on c250 duck took to the skies, with good numbers of Teal and a few Gadwall amongst them. The flock was later found on the deck and also included a couple of Wigeon.  5 Sparrowhawk were seen in the air together (2 females based on size) and they briefly did some display / territorial flight. c 50 Siskin also flew over, but not landing to scrutinise.

A Buzzard sat in a field at Hockering

Is it me or is this head a little weird?

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