Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Little Cressingham (Great Cressingham Road)

Once again I walked one of my favourite local sites this afternoon from just north-west of 'The Arms' along the Great Cressingham Road, over Watton Brook, and towards 'The Fairstead'.
The unseasonably mild weather continues with a high today of 14 degrees celsius.  The wind was a fresh south-westerly.
Siskin (male)
Good numbers of Finches and Buntings were seen including Linnets, Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, and Redpolls.  The very high numbers of Linnets seen yesterday was not repeated today, although in their place was a couple of flocks of Fieldfares (100+ each flock) wandering the fields and hedgerows.
Continuing along the road I reached Watton Brook where a flock of 50+ Siskins were seen in the tops of Alders where they were seen to feed upon cones.
I checked the Watton Brook Valley for signs of Stonechat, a species sometimes seen here, however, not today.
Ahead of me high over fields a raptor species was seen, it was a single Red Kite being mobbed by a Corvid species. A Buzzard was seen and calling over nearby woodland.
Further along Great Cressingham Road, yet another flock of 100+ Fieldfare wandering the fields and hedgerow trees, giving their familiar shack shack call as they flew off.
Back at the car with the sun setting fast, 3 Roe Deer emerged from woodland to feed in a nearby field.

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