Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 18th January

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Robin, on a frosty post, Felbrigg Park – 18th January 2015

A cold, frosty and foggy start to the day. Nothing much of interest along the lane from the church to Sexton’s Lodge. It wasn’t until I reached the trees at the back of the Orangery that I encountered my first ‘mixed flock’ – Great, Blue & Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Robin and Bullfinch – four females feeding in a bramble bush. Stock Dove, Jay and Nuthatch had been calling in the woods on the way there. At the water meadow, which was pretty much frozen solid, there were eleven Snipe feeding at the edge and the half dozen Teal had been forced to retreat upstream. The lake was nearly frozen over, with most of the duck confined to a small area of ice-free water in the middle. Same stuff mainly, including the three Goldeneye – the immature male is developing adult plumage by the day, and four new Mute Swans which have joined the remaining six of last year’s family party. I disturbed a Little Egret and Grey Heron as I walked down the side of Scarrow Beck, below the dam, and there were a couple more Snipe feeding in the rushy margins. On the way back home I put up three Woodcock from the beech leaf-litter beside the path between Keeper’s and the Weaver’s Way.

Seven of the group of eleven Snipe, Felbrigg Park

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Little Egret, Scarrow Beck

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