Breckland Birder

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

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Little Cressingham (Green Lane and The Arms)

A blanket of white still covers the land with the threat of further snow-falls to come.  The morning started reasonably bright although cloud was building with some light snow flurries by the afternoon.

Although at first Green Lane appeared quiet, as I walked along the lane, several Redwings and Blackbirds were seen on the ground, especially in sheltered areas where leaf litter was free from snow, thus providing foraging areas for the Thrushes.
Good numbers of Bullfinches were on the move along the lane, with a single flock of at least 7 birds, a decent count.
Other than the usual high counts of Wood Pigeons, very little else was seen along Green Lane.

Also within the Little Cressingham parish at The Arms, a traditional site for good numbers of Finches and Buntings was productive.  The roadside hedges approaching The Arms is always chosen for a maize strip for game cover and feeding.  This visit produced 100+ birds including Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Chaffinches, and Bramblings.
A single Common Buzzard passed over the field scattering Wood Pigeons as it did so.

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