We explore the Brecks on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and if the weather is good, Northern Goshawk is a strong possibility, displaying over the vast woodlands. These elusive birds are easier to see at this time of year before disappearing to breed in the woodland. Eurasian Sparrowhawk can also be seen, so our identification skills will be tested.
In the open areas of clear-fell we look and listen for Woodlarks singing their fluty song overhead, with Yellowhammer and European Stonechat perching on uprooted tree stumps.
Moving on to several other sites in the area we expect to find Common Firecrest, Common Crossbill, Brambling, Eurasian Siskin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Marsh Tit and Hawfinch. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker occur in the region in small numbers and March is a good time to locate them as they drum and call searching for a mate.
With luck Eurasian Stone-curlews will have returned to the Brecks from their wintering grounds in Southern Europe and North Africa, and to see these unusual waders strutting around the rabbit-grazed heaths will be a real treat!
Other species we hope to see include Grey Wagtail, Mandarin Duck, Common Buzzard, Common Kingfisher, Grey Partridge and Red Kite.
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