Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 29 June 2015

Little Cressingham, Norfolk

Today is the beginning of a very warm spell of weather.  Sunny and very warm all day with highs of 25 degrees celsius, however, temperatures are expected to rise to 33 degrees in some parts by Wednesday.
This afternoon I walked along the Great Cressingham Road to as far as the Watton Brook valley and back, with most effort given to the valley itself.  As with this location, the valley is full of very dense herbage along its length and intention of mine was to see how my Whitethroats are doing.
Watton Brook Valley at Little Cressingham 29/06/15.  Whitethroats bred this year in the habitat in the foreground, today both male and female birds were seen food-carrying for young.
 Just before reaching Watton Brook I saw a Harrier species drifting slowly north-west, a noisy Curlew flew up to intercept the raptor.  Interestingly, the Harrier presented problems for me, firstly, it was seen with the light and appeared silhouetted, secondly, it appeared smaller than Marsh and structurally slighter in build.  Was this a possible Montagu's Harrier?
At Watton Brook it didn't take long to connect with the Whitethroats.  Both male and female birds were seen food carrying, including the bird pictured here.
Also noted was a distant pair of Oystercatchers appearing to be nesting on top of a large bowser of water used presumably for sheep to drink at.
The walk back was interesting.  Several juvenile Tits were moving through a small Pine wood, the interesting bit was trying to negotiate two large plumes of irrigation water from pipes which were placed close to the road.  Well, it was very warm, and the brief shower was somewhat cooling.
Whitethroat (one of a pair) food carrying at Little Cressingham 29/06/15

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