Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 15th August

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I started the day with an early morning sea-watch at Sheringham. There was a gentle on-shore wind and occasional rain showers out at sea which, in ordinary circumstances, would produce a reasonable number and variety of sea birds. However, this year has been a bit of a disappointment all round on the sea bird front, so I was very pleased to see Sooty Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Little Gull, Kittiwake, Black Tern, Grey Plover and Curlew Sandpiper.

After lunch I did some gardening and saw a lone Swift over the house – probably the same juvenile that’s been hanging about since the bulk of the adults left. Also there was a rather curious looking Buzzard briefly overhead. It had a strikingly pale apricot coloured tail and prominent white primary patches on the under-wing. Not one of our regular birds. Needless to say, by the time I’d got my camera, the bird had drifted well away to the west. Still, an interesting bird all the same!

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Odd looking Buzzard with pale apricot tail and striking white primary patches

A quick walk in Felbrigg this afternoon produced a Grey Wagtail harassing a Swallow over the water meadow, a family party of at least five Spotted Flycatcher and an obliging Nuthatch, feeding on a Sweet Chestnut tree. On the insect front, a Holly Blue and a Southern Hawker were of note.

Two of the family party of Spotted Flycatcher – adult and juvenile

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Nuthatch, feeding on Sweet Chestnut

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Insect interest, in the form of Migrant Hawker

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