Thursday 30 April 2020

20200323 Northern Goshawk, Woodlark, Firecrest & other birds of the forrest NE Norfolk

20200323 N Goshawk
Female in slow flapping territorial flight.

20200323 N Goshawk
Female tale flagging during territorial flight.

20200410 N Goshawk
Possible pair interaction over clearing, both flagging.
Immature female calling and chasing male but she may be an imposter...

20200410 N Goshawk
Female showing near juvenile upperparts in 1st summer plumage.

20200410 N Goshawk
Size and bulk differences between the sexes.

20200410 N Goshawk
Females underparts as juvenile bird in first summer.

20200416 Firecrest
Fainter tertial tips and brighter green back than Goldcrest.

20200416 Firecrest
Thought to be a female, but is that a slight orange tone on forehead and forecrown?
A male was in song nearby...

20200416 Firecrest
No further signs until male found here on territory again on 8th May, see below.

20200508 Firecrest
Male in prolonged song again at 1623hrs and favouring a holly bush. 22 days since last encounter.

20200414 Woodlark
Male in song at edge of clearing. The best I've heard from Woodlark, included a high and lengthy song flight.
20200410 Woodlark
Males favoured song post near to nest site.
20200427 European Robin
Along with Goldcrest and Woodpigeon one of the most abundant species in the forrest. 
20200427 N Goshawk kill.
Recently plucked Woodpigeon by main track through forrest.

20200427 Eurasian Nuthatch

20200422 Treecreeper
With nesting material at entrance to crevice behind loose bark.
Treecreeper nest material behind loose flap of bark in a dead tree trunk. 
The current nest is being constructed above this old one and this very loose flap.
20200430 Woodlark
Pair gathering spiders to feed young in nest...

20200430 Woodlark
Bird with full bill checked around and above for predators before moving to nest site.

20200517 Nightjar
At least one pair in clearing so far.
Male churring away on low perch.

Sunday 26 April 2020

20200423 Sand Martin colony NE Norfolk

20200423 Sand Martin
Paring activity on telegraph wires.
Copulation here and on the sandy ground
20200426 Sand Martin 
56 nest holes being excavated so far.

20200426 Sand Martin

20200426 Sand Martin
Grass being delivered to this burrow.