Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 14th March

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Took a walk up to the allotment first thing on the off chance that the Black Redstart may have stayed around, as I’d seen it at around five thirty yesterday evening, looking as if it was prospecting roosting sites. I scanned from the entrance track but no sign of anything. I walked up to the top of the allotments and scanned the horse paddock, still no sign. I looked back at my allotment – where I’d seen it the previous evening but again, no sign. I figured it must have gone, so I went to the shed, collected some tools, and was just leaving when the male Black Redstart popped up out of my neighbours wood pile! It took a moment to shake itself and then flew off towards the old farm buildings at the corner of the allotments and horse paddock. I’ve been out of area since then so don’t know if it’s been seen since..

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