Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 23 November 2015

Hilborough, Norfolk

A recent taste of wintry weather seen recently with overnight frosts, cold northerly winds, and occasional snow showers.  Despite this, the forecast is for slightly milder weather.
A drive along the minor road from Hollow Heath to Foulden produced a Barn Owl on roadside fence-posts from where it sometimes dropped to the rough grassy verges, a habitat which would support suitable prey species.
A walk around Pine forest compartments produced the expected calling Goldcrests, whilst in open fields nearby held hundreds of Crow species, Starlings, and Finches were seen, these would have been attracted to the pig fields where flies and various invertebrates would have provided good feeding.  In amongst these birds was at least 3 Woodlarks which may be wintering in nearby stubble fields, and indeed quite close to an area of young plantations where breeding occurs.  I wonder if the Woodlarks will remain if severe weather sets in during the winter months.

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