Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 14th August

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It seems like summer has almost gone, at least on the bird front. The last remaining Swallows are gathering on the wires down The Street – must have been forty this morning as I made my way to Felbrigg. Once inside the park it felt decidedly autumnal with a fine mist and dark grey clouds. Nothing was singing but I did come across a couple of mixed tit flocks – one containing a family party of Chiffchaff and at least one Siskin. There were a few small roving Mistle Thrush flocks as well – usual for this time of the year. There was a lone Reed Warbler in the reed bed and a single male Tufted Duck in eclipse – first one I’ve seen on the lake in weeks. Made my way home via Park Farm, where there was still a family party of Spotted Flycatcher feeding around the pond. Hopefully something unusual will turn up in the next couple of weeks.

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