Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Great Melton, Norfolk

During my work-break this morning I paid a brief visit to the churchyard at Great Melton.  My twenty minutes or so spent here saw a frenzy of activity in the well wooded periphery where many species were mobile amongst the variety of conifer and deciduous trees.
Goldcrest at Great Melton 7th Sept.

Tit species were the most vocal with Long-tailed and Great Tits appearing to comprise the dominant species.  A few Blackcaps were both seen and heard with one particularly attractive male seen.  Chiffchaffs were also present, and indeed both Warbler species formed a part of a social group of mobile species.
Common species also seen were Chaffinches and Robins with both Nuthatch and Treecreeper being heard. 
Goldcrests were seen and heard, this included at least a couple of birds foraging the undersides of Oak leaves on the outermost low branches of the tree as well as being seen well in conifer species where they foraged amongst the greenery. 


  1. Until you post again, this is a nice comparison 'twixt the two 'Crests... Firecrest in the header photo and this lovely Goldie!

  2. Thanks Tim, I agree, handy for the starter birder to get to grips between the two species.