Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Kimberley, Norfolk

Between 0915 and 1030 on Friday 5th August I walked footpaths close to the River Tiffey valley on the boundary between the parishes of Kimberley and Carleton Forehoe.  This beautiful Norfolk river flows partly through the Kimberley Hall estate.  The rolling parkland was designed by Capability Brown.  Some very fine, and indeed very old trees graces the land there.
The River Tiffey at Kimberley
As is often the case at this time of year much more was heard than seen with a variety of high pitched calls of young birds within tree canopies and hedgerows.  Most were Tit species with a few Goldcrests also heard.
Bullfinch (juvenile) near Kimberley.

A small pond surrounded by large Sallows, Hawthorn, and Oak held several species. Goldfinches present (juveniles) seen, Great Tits, a female Yellowhammer and a couple of juvenile Bullfinches were seen through a gap in a hedge.
The juvenile Bullfinch pictured here was viewed briefly through a gap in a hedge.  This is a useful identification photograph of the species and shows the bright white rump which is present in all age groups of this species.  The Bullfinch is quite a thick set Finch and in winter there should be no confusion with this species and the more slender Brambling (also with white rump) when flying away from you.
A stop at the beautiful River Tiffey at the Kimberley/Carleton Forehoe parish boundaries produced an in-flight Kingfisher and 3 Mallard on the river. 

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