Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 7 January 2013

Little Cressingham

A much better today with the fog gone and good visibility, although the light was poor due to leaden skies.
My birding today took me along a 4 mile route from 'The Arms' to Green Lane within the Little Cressingham parish.  With the persistent fog of yesterday, I expected to see more in the way of raptor species making up for a lost days hunting etc.
The start of my walk produced Nuthatch, Treecreeper, and Coal Tit all within a small patch of woodland at The Arms.  Walking north towards the B1108 road several Bullfinches were seen flying in and out of cover.
Looking west from 'Hopton Bridge' the first of todays 9 Common Buzzards was seen, although, the possibility of duplication of the same bird may be a possibility.
Walking towards 'The Fairstead' a party of 100+ Lapwings were wheeling around the sky, it is likely that many of these birds are of continental origin.
Looking distantly towards the west in the Watton Brook Valley, hundreds of Wood Pigeons scattered, thus indicating the presence of a large raptor species, although I did not see one.
Walking back towards The Arms on the Great Cressingham road, a large strip of maize once again produced high numbers of Finch and Buntings species.  Chaffinches, Greenfinches, and Yellowhammers totalled 3 figure counts, also seen was smaller numbers of Reed Buntings whilst on the roadside verge Goldfinches and about 20 Redpolls fed upon weedseeds including fathen.

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