Aylmerton Village Pond
After a weeks holiday in Mallorca, (click this link for the birding highlights) and another week at home, filled with voluntary work at Cley NWT – including the official opening of the Simon Aspinall centre by Sir David Attenborough and our first Aylmerton Pond Project working party (see below for details), it was good to get into Felbrigg Park with a group of fifteen or so on the NENBC June mid-week walk.
You don’t expect to see much at this time of the year – all of our summer visitors have arrived and are busy breeding, the trees are in full leaf so it’s difficult to get good views of the woodland species and with the long days, any bird song is usually very early in the morning. Most of the ducks on the lake are well into moult – their ‘eclipse’ plumage making them pretty difficult to tell apart. Still, we did manage a respectable bird list of 44 species, including a Red Kite over the car park at the start, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers in the oak shelter belt and a Cuckoo calling over Common Plantation.
Mad as it seems, but it won’t be long before the first of the waders start their long return migration – I’d expect the first Common or Green Sandpiper to pass through in the next few weeks. It’s time perhaps to concentrate on some of the other summer wildlife that the Park has to offer.
Aylmerton Village Pond Project details: