Part of todays ‘bakers dozen’ of Tufted Duck, Felbrigg Lake
There was still some frozen slush in the hedgerows when I set off this morning around the patch. I’d hoped that yesterdays inclement weather might have brought something new in, but that was not to be the case. Skeins of Pink-feet were flying overhead as I walked down the lane to the back gate. There were the usual dozen Teal and Moorhen on the water meadow but no sign of Snipe or Water Rail. On Felbrigg Lake the usual assortment of wildfowl, with around 40 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, the regular three Goldeneye – one immature male and two females, a lone Coot and a single Cormorant. Three Marsh Tit were busy along the path by the lake and two Great Spotted Woodpecker were chasing each other through the trees – could spring really be on it’s way! A distant Fieldfare was ‘chacking’ over towards Park Farm and further along School Road a Buzzard drifted over-head. Half way along the path between Mill Lane and the Loke a small partridge flew low over the fields – I was able to get a decent view through binoculars to confirm that it was the scarcer Grey variety – a ‘first’ for 2015. Several Skylarks were feeding in the fields, uttering the occasional snatch of song as they flew around, together with a couple of Meadow Pipit and two Song Thrush. Evidently the cold weather of recent days has not been harsh or sustained enough to make a difference to our wintering wildlife.