Walking north along the Peddars Way from Little Cressingham I first checked the bare field for migrants but as far as I could see there were none.
Reaching North Bridge typical species seen and heard included Bullfinch, singing Greenfinch and Chaffinch, and a singing Blackcap. The Peddars Way then runs north through open country with vast areas of arable on both sides of the road, crops here probably held few migrants, however, field egdes have been left uncultivated which are worth checking for migrant species, again, I could not locate any.
North of the Peddars Way/Great Cressingham crossroads the path is lined on both sides by well established and well stocked hedgerows with the thickest being on the right (eastern) boundary. More breaks in the hedge on the left allow for views of the very large field beyond. I reached one such break in the hedge to check the uncultivated field edge of bare soil hoping for Wheatear and almost as soon as I had this thought I saw a single Wheatear standing close to the crop. After a few seconds the Wheatear flew up into a small tree ahead of me.
|1st summer female Wheatear Great Cressingham, Norfolk 19/04/14|
A colloquial name for Wheatear is "clodhopper" and for me this a very appropriate name given its habit of running between and 'hopping' onto slightly more prominent clods of earth on open fields.
Also seen and heard along this length of the Peddars Way was a single singing Lesser Whitethroat and a fine looking singing male Whitethroat.
The walk back south along the Peddars Way produced a soaring Common Buzzard high above a traditionally used mixed woodland habitat for this species.
Before leaving I could hear the familiar call of a young Blackbird in the Watton Brook valley, whilst a male Blackcap sang in the area of the mill.