First birds of interest on our Felbrigg NENBC mid-week walk – a pair of Oystercatcher
Yesterday was Felbrigg walks day – NENBC mid-week walk in the morning, followed by National Trust Bird Walk in the afternoon. Highlights of the first were a pair of Oystercatcher on the water meadows – my first here this year, the usual assortment of ducks – though the numbers are declining rapidly if not the variety, three singing Chiffchaff – my first of the Spring and an obliging Little Owl in the Oak at the south-east corner of the dam – eventually seen by all 25+ in the group. Over lunch I found singing Firecrest at the back of the Hall – subsequently relocated on the NT walk. Other highlights included a second Little Owl – in Oaks near the Hall, and more singing Chiffchaff. A pretty birdy day over all.
The day’s highlight – a singing Firecrest
First singing Chiffchaff of the Spring – there were three+ around the lake
Other wildlife interest included several species of butterfly – here is Red Admiral
and frog / toad spawn, which always seems to appear out of nowhere