Breckland Birder

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

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Great Cressingham, Norfolk

Peddars Way LDP (North of Watton Road) and Watton Road
At the time of writing there are several Great Grey Shrikes in Norfolk and given the wide open vast rolling countryside in this part of Breckland then surely I must have a Shrike present somewhere.  This afternoon I walked habitat which could easily support Great Grey Shrike, and indeed, this will my focus in the coming weeks on the patch, to search for this stunning bird.
This afternoon I walked some roadside hedgerows which edge the fields and located a couple of Goldcrests and Robins.  Overhead, a small number of Golden Plover were seen, a count later when the birds were settled on a very large field of winter wheat produced at least 120 birds.
Looking distant west towards the village of Great Cressingham I could see a single Red Kite quite low and lots of Corvids.  A large field of stubble produced at least 40 Skylarks whilst beyond the field where the land descends towards Watton Brook, a large flock of Corvids were put up.
Walking back north along the Peddars Way towards the car, a single pale looking Buzzard was standing proud and alert on a dead branch with a wooded hedgerow.  A single Meadow Pipit passed over as did a small flock of 6 Redwings.

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