Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 5th June

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Flock of eight Gadwall – Felbrigg Lake

We ran the first of a series of three NENBC Beginners Birding Workshops at the village hall last night – a nice group of people, who all seemed reasonable well entertained and informed.

Up early this morning for my last walk round for a few days. I’ve not been conscious of it but Felbrigg has gently slipped into summer. All the migrants are in and busy breeding, most of our resident birds have already produced their first broods and many are on to their second. I’ve seen Blackbird and Moorhen building or repairing their nests over the past couple of days. Interestingly, some of the ducks on the lake are already beginning to moult into ‘eclipse’ and there’s been a small increase in the number of Gadwall – presumably non-breeders. The pair of Lapwing are still on the water meadow but there’s no sign of any youngsters – I fear they might have abandoned their nest again.

Yesterday, at the allotment, I had my first Painted Lady butterfly of the year and there were several blue Damselfly- which I failed to identify!


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