Breckland Birder

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

Monday, 22 July 2013

Little Cressingham, Norfolk (Fairstead Lane, Green Lane, and the mill area).

The day dawned misty and cloudy with poor light, however, this was soon to clear to give a very hot,  sunny day.
0600: I set off from the road bridge on Fairstead Lane heading for 'The Fairstead'.  A single juvenile Lapwing was on the field adjacent to the Watton Brook Valley.  As I walked past the first corner towards Green Lane a Barn Owl flew out of one of the young roadside Oaks, also here was 2 singing Whitethroats.
2 Common Buzzards, incessantly calling Green Woodpeckers, and young Chiffchaffs were the highlights along Green Lane.
The walk back towards the road bridge at the village produced 3 Oystercatchers on the field adjacent to the brook.

THE MILL AREA
The most numerous species here was House Martins, a small colony has returned to the nearby cottage where a number of nests were visited.  House Martins also flew low around me in their search for food.  A few Swifts were present as well as a male Swallow.
Warbler species were well represented here with Blackcap, Whitethroat, and a single juvenile Chiffhchaff actively moving through the branches of a large Ash.  A single Reed Warbler very briefly sang in front of me in waterside herbage.
A pair of Goldfinches, including a singing bird, dropped into cover in front of me and at least 2 singing Greenfinches were also present.  A Wren was again seen busily gathering insect food for its young within an opening in the windmill.
On the millpond, a female Mallard attended her 3 youngsters and a Little Grebe was seen.
House Sparrow with youngster at Little Cressingham 22/07/13
Back at the road bridge on Fairstead Lane, a few House Sparrows seen along the Watton Brook valley included the above male with one of his offspring.
A male Whitethroat was also close by and sang briefly.
Before leaving I looked along the Watton Brook valley where very dense waterside weeds, grasses, thistles, umbellifers, and Rosebay Willowherb abound, and thoughts were very much with Whinchat, a species I have encountered on passage along the valley in previous autumns......bring on autumn.

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