I am fortunate in that I can see beauty in the countryside whatever the conditions, be it bright or very bleak.
Little Cressingham (Great Cressingham Road)
I arrived at about 1330 just north-west of 'The Arms' for a walk to the Watton Brook valley and back. Conditions were grey with low light and poor visibility. It was raining for the whole walk.
Despite the conditions, as soon as I got out of the car I could see lots of birds in the hedgerow and hedgerow trees to the north of me. The habitat here is arable with patches of mature woodland habitat. The immediate area visited has roadside hedgerows with a traditional stand of maize close to the hedge and field boundary, next to the maize is a wide weedy strip.
|Brambling (female) at Little Cressingham|
Bramblings breed in the Birch forests of Northern Europe. In winter these breeding sites are abandoned and Bramblings move south into Europe and Britain. Bramblings are regular winter visitors on my Breckland patch, and they are often encountered where seen today in Little Cressingham. Search for these delightful Finch where maize belts attract these birds to feed on seeds and other weed-seeds.
Despite the poor conditions as seen today there is always something to see to lift the spirit and raise a smile.