Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 18 December 2015

Little Cressingham (Great Cressingham Road)

I visited this beautiful location at dawn and dusk today with Finches and Thrushes featuring as the most frequently seen species.
The morning visit saw most activity near Watton Brook where a small flock of Siskins (10+) and Fieldfare were seen, although close to 'The Arms' several Finches and Buntings were seen close to the maize strip, notably, Bramblings, Chaffinches, and Reed Buntings.

Close to 'The Fairstead' Redwings were again seen in the lone large Hawthorn, also lots of Yellowhammers were seen, and a female Sparrowhawk appeared to give chase to a passerine species, the Hawk was unsuccessful.
The afternoon saw much more activity close to 'The Arms' where large numbers of Finches and Buntings were again assembled, on this occasion high numbers of Greenfinches were seen along with Chaffinches, Redpolls, and a few Bramblings.
A check of the Watton Brook area produced a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Starlings (totaling 50+ birds). A couple of singing male Mistle Thrushes was pleasing to the ear.
Sadly, this visit was somewhat annoying due to unforgivable human activity, the dumping of rubbish on the roadside verge.  This was a pile of burnt rubbish just left by some idiot, however, following a little detective work I found a partially burnt payslip with the name and address of a company and the employees name on it.  I have contacted the company concerned and await their response.


  1. Wishing you all the very best for the festive season...
    and good birding in 2016... and the health to go with it!

  2. Thank you very much Tim, and a very happy Christmas to you, and equally good birding for 2016.