Aylmerton Nature Diary

April Fools’ Day

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Oystercatcher – Felbrigg Lake

Major weather systems often disrupt regular bird populations so, even though the recent winds have been from the west which is not ideal, I took an early morning stroll around Felbrigg Park to (literally) see ‘what the wind had blown in’. On my way down the lane I heard and then saw a pair of Bullfinch, which have been conspicuous by their absence lately. There was still quite a stiff breeze blowing so, as yesterday, many of the birds in the park were keeping a low profile but there was a male Reed Bunting singing in the bushes north of the water meadow, the male Sholveler was still present and a lone Snipe was feeding in the field across the inflow stream. As I approached the lake from the Warren path the female Mandarin flew in to join the male. Surprisingly the sub-adult male Goldeneye is back after a couple of weeks absence and there was a Little Grebe, in full summer plumage, skulking in the reeds – another bird I’ve not seen at the lake for weeks. Our new resident Oystercatcher were preening on the dam wall as I approached, whilst a couple of Common Buzzard were soaring overhead. Near the screen there was a pair of Siskin still and a showy Chiffcaff. Not the ‘early migrant’ morning I’d hoped for but some nice birds all the same and lovely light, emphasising the pristine breeding plumage of some of our commoner garden birds.

In celebration of our more common garden birds:

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Chaffinch, Dunnock & Goldfinch

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