Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 24th February

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Took a break from building my fruit cage at the allotment this afternoon and managed the last couple of hours of daylight in the park. The Linnet flock, c. 30 birds, was down the lane. Nothing showing along the shelter belt but six Mute Swan on the water meadow and a few Teal. Met Lee who told me he’d had a flock of eighteen Redwing between the Hall and the lake. A couple of Marsh Tit were hanging about by the screen but no sign of any Siskin. Walked up through Common Plantation – nothing of note but a single Roe Deer. Walked down through the rough grazing and flushed a Snipe. The Buzzard was over towards Metton road and a Woodcock was near Metton Carr. On the lake Tufted Duck numbers have increased to 46 but Gadwall numbers seemed still to be reducing. The pair of Shoveler are still present. Still surprisingly light at five thirty, with a lovely sunset.

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