Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 5 June 2015

Little Cressingham, Norfolk

According to the weather forecast we were to have some slow moving thunderstorms passing over today.  It was darkish for a time with rumbles of thunder but then it cleared up to give a sunny, very warm, and very humid day.
I visited Little Cressingham between 1030 and 1130 this morning to check the Great Cressingham road from 'The Arms' to the Watton Brook valley.
As I was driving along the Great Cressingham road towards 'The Arms' a Cuckoo flew just in front of me over the road.  Having parked up I walked north towards the valley and saw the Cuckoo on at least a further 3 occasions close to the roadside hedges, Last saw it descending somewhere into the valley.  I suspect this was a female Cuckoo searching for foster birds nests in which to lay her own eggs.
Whitethroat with Mayfly for young at Lt Cressingham 05/06/15
Once I reached the valley I checked a known habitat for breeding Whitethroat and saw this bird carrying a Mayfly for its young in a nest located in a dense Dog Rose in the valley.
Other passerine species species in the valley included a singing male Reed Bunting in dense herbage in the valley and a Wren.
On grazing land adjacent to the valley was a single Egyptian Goose and a single Oystercatcher.
Walking back along the Great Cressingham road towards 'The Arms' I once again saw the Cuckoo in the roadside hedgerows.  Getting closer to the area where I saw the Cuckoo many Blackbirds were noisily 'pinking' in a small dense woodland habitat, perhaps these birds were angry at the presence of the Cuckoo.  At least 3 male Blackbirds were seen in this area, also a male Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing.

1 comment:

  1. What a grand Whitethroat picture, Paul!!
    The male Blackcap here has been singing his head off in the cherry tree by the back door...
    his first brood have fledged and he's up for more... and lubricating that loud voicebox on OUR cherries...
    and now we've got a couple of Black Woodpeckers around...
    so, what with black crows, black woodpeckers, blackbirds and blackcaps...
    I don't think we'll get many of out cherries this year....

    Just letting you know I am still reading your blog... just not got much time to comment.