Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Little Cressingham (The Arms to Watton Brook Valley), Norfolk

This was a productive walk, especially at the maize strip which has now been cut, leaving stubble and plentiful amounts of seed on the ground.  Here, a good variety of both Finch and Bunting species were seen as was a good count of Wood Pigeons amongst the stubble.
The wooded areas around 'The Arms' held singing Treecreeper and Goldcrest, also Nuthatch and singing Song Thrush were present.
Moving along the Great Cressingham Road, a small flock of about 50 Fieldfares were seen either in roadside trees or in nearby stubble.
Redpoll at Little Cressingham 06/03/16
Most activity was seen in the roadside hedges and maize stubble where good numbers of Finch and Buntings were seen.  The majority species seen on this visit was Brambling with similar numbers of Chaffinches seen. Smaller numbers of Greenfinches were seen and at least a couple of Redpolls were present.  Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers also joined in the mix.
One or two fairly well seen Bramblings were clearly males, their heads now becoming blacker as spring approaches.  Once on their breeding grounds in Northern Europe, the Bramblings head, nape, and mantle becomes a solid Black and contrasts with the beautiful Orange throat and breast.
Having made it to the Watton Brook Valley I checked the many fence-posts alongside the Brook, I could see nothing, however, looking skyward, 3 Buzzards soared, with a fourth calling nearby.
Further north along the rise to Great Cressingham, I heard my first singing Curlew of the year on the patch delivering its beautiful 'bubbling' song.

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