Aylmerton Nature Diary

Winter arrivals

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A sun dog over Felbrigg lake this afternoon

Took a leisurely walk around the east side of the parish this afternoon. Six Common Buzzard over Felbrigg Great Wood, several Goldcrest in the woods, a couple of Sparrowhawks, in the farm yard behind the walled garden a sizeable flock of Chaffinch with a single male Brambling – first for the autumn, but strictly speaking not within the parish, a couple of Egyptian Geese, c30 Common Gull feeding on the field by the church, 40+ Meadow Pipit – all in the same small hawthorn below the dam, Little Owl sunning itself and, on the way home a flock of 50 Redwing along the inflow.

There were several Goldcrest in the Great Wood

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Although the Hornet’s nest, reported earlier, seems now to have been abandoned, there are still a few of these gorgeous insects about

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Record shot of the first returning Brambling of the winter

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One of about 50 Redwing, feeding on Hawthorn, along the banks of Scarrow Beck

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