Breckland Birder

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

Friday, 25 December 2015

Little Cressingham (Great Cressingham Road)

At about mid-day I took a short walk along the Great Cressingham Road just north-west of 'The Arms'. My aim was to check the mixed Finch/Bunting flock which is a regular feature of this walk, I was impressed with my largest count of birds here this winter.
An initial estimate of birds present here was in excess of 500+ and by far the most numerous species seen today was Linnet with an estimated 250-300 birds present.  Other birds seen here included many Bramblings, Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, and a few Redpolls.
These birds are attracted to this area because of the large maize strip and adjacent, wide weedy strip.  The high numbers of Linnets seen today would I suggest be a notable count for the county of Norfolk.
Whilst watching these birds a couple of Redpolls remained close to me in a roadside hedge and offered good views.  The head detail was seen well, one bird had a red fore-crown and a small neat Black bib.  The overall body colour was tinged brown with notable streaking on the breast sides and along the flanks, the other Redpoll had more red on its cap and a slightly bigger, neat black bib. Bother were Lesser Redpoll, the sub-species Western Europe and British form Cabaret.

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