Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday, 12th October

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Got back to Aylmerton this afternoon after a week’s family holiday on Tenerife. On the way over we called in at Burnham Norton to see the Steppe Grey Shrike and, before a walk round Felbrigg, I went to the neighbouring parish of West Runton to catch up with Red-backed Shrike, which had so far escaped me this year.

Quite a contrast to my last walk – this afternoon the weather was chilling and over-cast, the leaves have begun dropping in earnest, most of the blackberries have been eaten and there was a distinct feel of autumn in the air. Not too much of note, the usual assortment of Mallard on the Lake along with a couple of Little Grebe and three Teal. The Little Owl was in it’s favourite tree. There was a noticeable increase in the number of Robins, Thrushes and Meadow Pipits. I was pleased to see a pair of Bullfinch in the lane and the Chiffchaff was still calling at the bottom of The Street. It’s always pleasing to see the good numbers of House Sparrow we have around the village – there were a handful busy in the hedge on my approach to the Felbrigg ‘back gate’ and small skein of Pink-feet flew inland – my first over Felbrigg this autumn. Two Roe Deer were grazing in the field near the allotments.

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 House Sparrow in the hedge

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