Aylmerton Nature Diary

‘Deader than a dead thing’

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Great Spotted Woodpecker, knocking hell out of a ‘dead’ oak tree, Felbrigg Park

Managed to get out for a walk this afternoon – very wet under foot and rather gloomy. As a consequence, hardly any small birds about – pretty dead in fact. The Great Spotted Woodpecker was again in evidence amongst the oaks on the path to the lake. There were precious few wildfowl on the water meadow as I approached and even less by the time the dog-walking couple had run their dogs right through the area and walked as far as the sluice before turning back! It was pleasing to see the Barn Owl out hunting in the early afternoon, presumably as a consequence of the rather wet night we had. On the lake, pretty much the same ducks as the other day but female/immature Goldeneye numbers were back to three. As I walked up the Weaver’s Way, towards Felbrigg church, a Little Egret flew over head and I heard a distant Fieldfare. A pair of Egyptian Geese were grazing in the field next to the church. I got home before dusk – it seems incredible that we are only a few days away from the winter solstice!

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