This afternoon's short visit took in the large area of rolling grassland used for grazing sheep. In the summer months this grassland supports a couple of pairs of breeding Common Curlew.
Todays visit produced a wandering flock of about 50 Fieldfare, a few Redwing, and single overhead Skylarks.
These vast open areas of Breckland always supports wintering raptor species, and this particular area along Fairstead Lane has seen both Hen Harrier and Peregrine within the previous 12 months.
|Hen Harrier Little Cressingham November 2011|
The Hen Harrier seen in this photograph was seen over the open grassland near Fairstead Lane in November 2011. Here, it was seen hunting along the fringes of a stand of maize crop.
|Peregrine Falcon Little Cressingham January 2012|
Peregrine Falcons are regular but scarce wintering raptors in my part of Breckland with singles, or as in the case of the previous two winters, two birds present. On these occasions, one was an adult, the other, a juvenile bird.