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|
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.