Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 24 October 2014

Little Cressingham, Norfolk

Movements of winter Thrushes appear to be on hold at the current time with the continuing south-westerly winds blocking any significant passage from Northern Europe.  Despite this, birds will continue to battle though in smaller numbers, and indeed, any previously arrived birds will make local movements.
At about 1400, I got out of the car on Fairstead Lane and almost straight away saw a single Fieldfare pass over before dropping in the Watton Brook valley.
Redwing - a recent arrival at Little Cressingham 24/10/14 
Very soon after the Fieldfare went out of sight, 2 Redwings approached from the North at height and then dropped into the tree (seen here).  After resting for a while this Redwing then flew into a Hawthorn and joined a number of Blackbirds where they fed upon berries.  The numbers of Blackbirds seen here also indicates these are probably recently arrived migrants.
A short walk along Fairstead Lane produced a number of Skylarks, again, possibly continental birds present, also Yellowhammers and a small Long-tailed Tit flock seen.
A single, pale looking Buzzard was seen from Fairstead Lane moving between a number of trees along Green Lane.  

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