Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Barnham Broom, Norfolk

A work break to the churchyard in Barnham Broom was quite productive for common species, however, given the habitat here I am just waiting for that Firecrest to turn up.  This is a beautiful, well wooded churchyard with the typical Yews of some age present along with a few very tall, mature Scots Pines, as well as another fine, tall Pine, a species whose identification is unknown to me.
Species seen/heard on this visit:

Jay
Jackdaw (around tower)
Wood Pigeon
4+ Blackbirds
2 Song Thrushes
3 Robins (all singing)
Wren
1 Chiffchaff (passing through)
Goldcrest
Chaffinch

It will be interesting to get others views on the numbers of Hornets. Here at Barnham Broom, as with many other localities visited, there seems to be more of these large insects about this year.

Churchyards are wonderful places to visit for birding, and for general unwinding.  Such localities are wonderful nature reserves and provide a haven for birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles.  Despite vast areas of monoculture, churchyards provide an oasis of habitat variety which will offer a haven for wildlife for eternity. 

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