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Friday, 31 January 2020

Breckland bash: Hawfinches, Siskins, Willow Tits but no Lesser Spot!

Sue, Linda, Peter and I made a fairly early start for our first trip of the year to the Brecks. First stop was Lynford Arboretum, where we immediately came across a flock of twenty Hawfinches: first in the Hornbeams and then on the ground. Other interesting birds we added to the day list included Siskin, Brambling, Yellowhammer, Nuthatch and Redwing.

After coffee at Brown's, we drove the short distance to Santon Downham. Despite a longish walk we saw very few birds at all - just a couple of Little Grebes.

Next was lunch at the 'Twenty Churchwardens' before a damp walk along a woodland ride to the traditional Willow Tit feeding station. Before the rain set in for the day, we saw - and heard - at least two Willow Tits, as well as Marsh, Coal and Great Tit.

A last stop at Oxborough Hall (for a cuppa!) and then home.

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