Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Monday, 27 June 2016

Southburgh, Norfolk

This morning I walked from the Church at Southburgh and east along Church Lane leading onto Southburgh Lane at Reymerston. This walk is gently undulating through well-wooded and arable habitat.
Always being good for Bullfinch around the church and indeed this was the first species heard upon my arrival.  A Song Thrush also sang.
As I continued through mature wooded habitat I saw a fine looking Roe Deer between trees, whilst nearby a beautiful Red Fox was skulking in undergrowth.
Whitethroat at Reymerston 27/06/16
Approaching the Blackwater valley things began to pick up with a family party of Whitethroats moving about in Hawthorn, Dog Rose, and Elder habitat.  I followed one bird as it chose elevated perches to watch me from.  Two Song Thrushes gave "tic" calls, another Bullfinch called and a distant male Reed Bunting was singing in damp habitat in the Blackwater valley.  A Swallow darted in and around hedgerow species in its search for insect prey.
Making  my way back via the same route both Blackcap and Chiffchaff were heard in song.
Close to the church a Lesser Whitethroat sang as did another Whitethroat.
Finally, a check of the churchyard and its wonderful old hedge habitats, a single Bullfinch called before revealing itself as a female bird.  A number of Blackbirds were nosily calling within woodland suggesting they had found a roosting Owl.


  1. That is one crackin' Nettlecreeper shot!!

  2. Thanks very much Tim.
    Tim, could you please email me at