Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 16th September

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Lesser Whitethroat – Felbrigg, with Goldfinch

Having reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the NENBC Felbrigg mid-week walk yesterday, due to the adverse weather warnings, I thought I’d better go to the car park this morning just to check that no one was waiting around, having missed the messages on the website. As it happened there were two club members there so, as the weather was much better than expected, we set off for a stroll around the park. We headed down towards the lake, where we met up with club President Phil. Apparently there was no sign of the Redstart in the gorse bushes so we continued on to the lake. The flock of Tufted Duck had increased overnight to thirteen and there were three Gadwall and a Teal also present. In the far corner, near the reed bed, I spotted a small pale looking water-bird, not a young Moorhen as I expected but a Little Grebe – my first on the lake for months. As we inspected the bushes below the dam for possible Little Owl (we’d heard one in the oaks by the Hall earlier) Tim noticed a warbler – a nice Lesser Whitethroat and an AND ‘tick’! We worked our way back around the lake, before taking the path back to the Hall beside the gorse bushes. As we did so I flushed the female Redstart from a nearby bush. After a few minutes ‘stake out’ we all got reasonable views as it flew between bushes and fed on the ground. Returning to the car park there was a group of five Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk drifting slowly to the west. Not a bad ‘tally’ for a non-NENBC mid-week walk!

Another shot of Lesser Whitethroat

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Little Grebe – Felbrigg Lake

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