Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 17 December 2012

Little Cressingham - A productive early morning visit.

A dawn walk along the Peddars Way at Little Cressingham started well when 6 Crossbills passed directly over me.  These birds were initially heard calling from woodland known as 'The Nunneries', this woodland east of the Peddars Way holds good numbers of Larch trees - a favoured food source for this species.  A short while later, all 6 birds passed overhead giving their familiar repeated "chip" call.
Further north along the Peddars Way at North Bridge in the Watton Brook valley, good numbers of Goldfinches, Siskins, and Long-tailed Tits were seen.  The Finches would have been attracted to the Alders at this location.
From North Bridge, the Peddars Way climbs towards the Great Cressingham to Saham Toney road, prior to the junction, in the thick hedgerow, 2 Waxwings flew out of the hedge, above me, and then continued in an undulating flight in a southerly heading.  A check of the hedges at this localtiy revealed heavy crops of rose-hips.  This will be a locality worth checking during the forthcoming weekend.

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