Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 7th March

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Group of four, newly arrived, Pochard – Felbrigg Lake

Took an early morning walk around Felbrigg Park this morning, with friends of ours from Peterborough. By the time we’d got to the lake it was obvious that there’s been some significant changes on the wildlife front over the past few days. Gadwall numbers were down to about twenty, whilst Tufted Duck numbers remain reasonably stable at 25 – 30. However, there’s been a small influx of Pochard – three males and a female and there was a new male Wigeon on the lake. Mute Swan numbers have dropped to just five on the main lake with a couple of birds on the water meadows and the immature male Goldeneye was also still present. I was excited to see the first Lapwing of the spring on the water meadows as we walked down. Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit were all showing well by the lake, as were a couple of pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker. In the trees to the west of the orangery there was a migrant flock of Redwing – I estimate there were over a hundred. Spring, it would seem, is just around the corner.

Saw my first newt of the year in the wildlife pond at the allotment yesterday.

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