Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 28th December

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Decided to give the new Bird Club preparations a rest this afternoon and go for a walk. Very nice weather with bright sunshine and reasonably warm – still very wet under foot. Along the track from the church, three Bullfinch – two males and a female, were feeding in the hedge at the edge of the church yard. Despite showing well at a distance they defied all attempts to get a photograph – they are proving to be very difficult subject matter. Other than Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch in the oaks, little of interest going down to Felbrigg Lake. The water-levels in the meadow continue to rise and now stretch back beyond the pond and the field boundary. Lots of gulls using it in preference to the lake itself. On the lake, Gadwall numbers have reached forty but there was no sign of the three Goldeneye which have been around for the past few weeks. I flushed half a dozen Snipe from the rough grazing below the dam and there was a Water Rail in the ditch there as well. Heading back home via the lake I also disturbed three Woodcock from their ‘bracken beds’ and saw a Buzzard.  Didn’t connect with any flocks, so hence very few ‘small birds’ to report and no interesting photographs either – must try harder!



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