Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 11th November

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Sunrise over Felbrigg Park

Following a tip-off from a friend in the village about a Goldeneye on Felbrigg Lake yesterday afternoon, I was up at dawn to see if I could catch up with it. Despite the lovely sunrise and there being plenty of stuff around, there was no sign unfortunately of the bird in question. I did however disturb a Little Owl from the oaks near the house (a different bird from the ones near the dam I think). The four new Mute Swans (three adults and a juvenile) which arrived a week or so ago are still not being allowed on the main lake, by the ‘family from hell’, so spend their time on the water meadow, where there were also a dozen Teal. There were two pairs of Gadwall and three Canada Geese on The Lake. Great and Green Woodpecker calling, Marsh Tit in the woods and several flocks of Pink-feet flighting to their feeding grounds. I disturbed a Snipe from the rough grazing below the dam, a Common Buzzard was over Common Plantation and there were the usual Bullfinch in the hedge on the way home.

Three Canada Geese which have recently taken up residence

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Slightly ‘off topic’, yesterday there was a fantastic pod of Pilot Whales off the North Norfolk coast – see my other blog for photos and story: http://www.TrevorOnTour.me

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