Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Little Cressingham (The Arms to Watton Brook)

Plenty of evidence seen today of breeding successes including recently fledged Blue Tits in the garden being tended to and fed by parent birds.  The same goes for Blackbirds and the very quick learning Starling.
Whitethroat at Little Cressingham 16/06/16.
Away from the garden I decided upon an early morning visit to Little Cressingham.  Having parked near 'The Arms' I walked to the Watton Brook valley and upon arrival I found a family party of 5+ Whitethroats, all in an Osier.  Standing and watching I could see the parent Whitethroats collecting insect food from within the tree and being taken to the young birds.  The young Whitethroats remained generally within the same area in the Osier, these were much paler than the adults with pale fawn heads, a typical gape flange, and under-developed tail feathers. 
In all, Whitethroats were found at 4+ sites along the route with a couple of singing males and a second family party in a roadside hedge.
2 Blackcaps were in song and further breeding successes seen with juvenile Blue and Great Tits in the Watton Brook valley.  A Coal Tit was also heard here.

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