Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Crossbill in Breckland, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Great Cressingham, Norfolk 9th December

I had a nice early morning walk starting at the church in Great Cressingham, taking in the Peddars Way path and the Watton Road.
What struck me this morning was the frequently encountered winter Thrushes in hedges along the route.  I saw good numbers of Redwings, Fieldfares, and many Blackbirds, most of which were behaving as if they were recent overnight arrivals, flying from hedge to hedge and consuming berries, mostly those of the Hawthorn in a hurried, urgent fashion.
Also of great interest is that over this 3 mile walk I encountered 20+ Bullfinches in roadside hedges and trees.  The vast rolling farmland here with its miles of unchecked quality hedgerows will hold many more of this beautiful species.

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