Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 24 February 2014

Croxton Heath, Norfolk

What a beautiful morning this was with bright, sunny conditions with a high of 12 degrees celsius.  As the day wore on however, cloud increased with light showers later in the afternoon.
Crossbill (male) Croxton Heath 24/02/14.
Whilst making my way to Croxton Heath it was evident that much of the standing water (puddles) have receeded since my last visit, this in turn led me to if the drinking pools where Crossbills drink will still be there.
Upon my arrival at the site, I could see that Crossbills were in the area and as I got closer it was clear that the birds were now drinking at different puddles as the former were drying up.
Up to about 10 Crossbills were present with some close views of birds visiting their drinking site.

Crossbill (female) at Croxton Heath 24/02/14.
Crossbills vary in their plumage, this includes amounts of white in the wings.  Most Crossbills have little or no white, however, the male pictured here appears to be a regular visitor as he can be identified by the white tips to the greater coverts, this forms a wing-bar, additionally, the primary feathers are white fringed giving this bird another distinctive feature.

Also noted at Croxton Heath was 2 singing Woodlarks, several singing Skylarks, and a number of Yellowhammers.
A single Sparrowhawk passed over the heath.

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