Aylmerton Nature Diary

Monday 13th April

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Spent the day at Cley NWT, so it was early evening before I could manage to get down to Felbrigg. Took the path through the oak shelter belt towards the lake and, to my  surprise, I quickly located the male Ring Ouzel on the opposite bank of the water meadow field. Continuing down to the lake the immature male Goldeneye was still present and two males and a female Mandarin Duck swam out from the bank by the screen. We rounded the next corner and amazingly another pair of Mandarin were disturbed from their tree-stump roost! As we approached the oak trees at the far end of the dam the Little Owl was calling. It flew to the ivy covered tree and when I took a closer look I could see a second bird. Could it be that the male’s incessant calling has finally attracted another mate! From the path above the water meadow we counted five Lapwing and a single Snipe, no further sign of the Ring Ouzel though.

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