Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 27th August

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Common Gull – back in it’s wintering quarters

I had a couple of hours free this morning so decided to take a slow walk around the eastern side of Felbrigg Park, calling in at the Lake to start with of course! Bullfinch have returned to the hedgerow at the bottom of The Street after a couple of months absence – I noticed them the other day. On the Lake there were the usual motley crew of Mallard, with three Gadwall mixed in. Four Cormorant and a Grey Heron were also present. Swallow, House and Sand Martin were all present in good numbers, feeding over the lake. The young Little Owl was sat out in it’s regular Ash tree below the dam. As I walked up the Weaver’s Way, in the direction of the church, I noticed a small gull flock on the sheep field. Mostly Black-headed with a handful of Common Gull mixed in – already back in their winter quarters. I then headed for Great Wood and the recently created ‘heath’. Usually this is a pretty bird less area but today there was a good collection of woodland species including Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Marsh, Coal, Blue & Great Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldcrest. There was very little else on the way home.

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