Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 29 September 2014

Marlingford Church, Norfolk 27th Sept. 2014

During my afternoon breaks from work I like to visit Churchyards, mills, farmland, or rivers, in my search for birds.  On Saturday 27th I decided to visit the beautiful churchyard at Marlingford with its beautiful old church and fine, old Yews and Oaks.  I find that churchyards have so much to offer as they often hold old tree species and are rarely affected by pesticides or insecticides, additionally, it is fair to say that these locations are indeed valuable nature reserves.  I often think what a great place to spend eternity once life is over, sharing it with so many wonderful species.
What was particularly evident on this visit was the frequent "tick" call of Song Thrushes, I didn't have to wait too long before around 10 Song Thrushes broke cover to fly to other trees in the area.  This number of Song Thrushes clearly shows these as being continental birds which have sought refuge in the thick cover in the yard.
Mistle Thrushes were also present, announcing themselves with their harsh rattle-like call.
2 Nuthatches were busily flying to and from collecting nuts from a fine Beech tree and taking them to a stash in nearby parkland.
Goldcrests were present as one would expect in this type of habitat, also Coal Tits and Chiffchaff were seen and Treecreepers heard.

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