Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 22nd March

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Little Owl, Felbrigg Park

The male Black Redstart was still present on the main hall early morning. As I entered the back gate to the park there was a Chiffchaff singing – my first for 2015. A little further along the track to the hall two Little Owl were calling to each other and a third was calling from the oak shelter-belt. The small flock of Siskin were busy feeding in the alders by the lake. No sign of the Mandarins. A flock of fifty Fieldfare and Redwing were present on the horse paddock, first thing.

Male Black Redstart on Felbrigg Hall

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Post Script: The pair of Black Redstart at the Aylmerton allotments appear to have now finally moved on. Last seen on Tuesday afternoon, they spent a good deal of their time in and around the large log pile on my neighbours allotment. The male was heard to sing occasionally. As a precaution I stopped putting out reports and alerted people to the possibility of breeding – unlikely though such an event would have been in a rural setting. Thank you to those who avoided any unnecessary disturbance during their stay.

Female Black Redstart – Aylmerton allotment

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