Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 4th October

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juv. Great Crested Grebe, Felbrigg Lake – first for me in nearly a decade

Just got back from a few days birding in eastern Hungary, exploring the vast wetlands and puszta (steppe grassland) of the Hortobagy. For a brief summary of our trip, click this link. As always, on these occasions, I was a little nervous coming home in case I’d missed anything spectacular on my ‘home patch’. Turns out that there were a couple of things – another (or the same Yellow-browed Warbler) and a great rarity in recent years, a Great Crested Grebe on Felbrigg Lake. I therefore took a long walk round the park this afternoon in the hope of connecting with either of them. There were a number of feeding flocks in evidence, containing five species of Tit, Nuthatch and a number of Goldcrest but alas no YBW. Better luck with the grebe however, though it did take me some time before I saw it. This is my first here in nearly a decade and a welcome addition to the AND List. Other birds of interest included a couple of Siskin flying over, a pair of Grey Wagtail around the Lake and on the outflow, two Buzzard, Little Owl calling and Blackcap. On the lake itself the Tufted flock has increased to thirty five, with ten Gadwall, a single Wigeon and at least two Little Grebe. There were still a couple of dragonflies about – Migrant Hawker I think and a Small Copper. It’s good to be back!

Most of the flock of 35 Tufted Duck

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..and a second grebe species – this time Little, one of possibly three

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One of a pair of Grey Wagtail hanging around the Lake and outflow

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Finally, on my way home through the village – top predator, caught on camera ( the rat was still alive!)

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