Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 12 November 2012

A good day despite deteriorating conditions

An early morning walk north of Little Cressingham along the Peddars Way to as far as South Pickenham produced some good numbers of Fieldfare, Redwings, Song Thrushes, and Blackbirds in the hedgerows and adjoining fields.  Close to the Priory Road junction, a pair of Marsh Tits and a mobile flock of Long-tailed Tits were seen.  A few Bramblings passed overhead giving their nasally "zweeeup" call. 
At Little Cressingham wind and water mill about 60 Mallard were on the mill-pond and a Kingfisher flew along the brook.  A few Redwings, 2 Jay, and a small flock of Goldfinches were seen.

THOMPSON WATER (early to mid p.m.)
Light deteriorated from early afternoon with low cloud and rain moving in, despite these conditions, some good birds were present.
On the water, a few Shoveler, GadwallMallard, and Teal were 'put up' by a circling Apache helicopter which was on exercise within the adjoining army training ground.  It must be noted that despite the noise from the battle area, wildlife thrives both within the area and around adjoining areas.
Also on the water was 2 Little Grebe, Cormorant, a few argumentative Mute Swans, and a single Kingfisher flew low close to the waters' surface.

A very impressive mixed flock of 300+ Siskins and Redpolls wandered around the tree-tops along the eastern side of the water. These small Finches were seen to alight in Alders where they would have fed from the cones, however, these birds were generally very restless and rarely settled for any long periods in the trees.
I left Thompson Water at about 1450 with light continuing to deteriorate fast.

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