Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 10th October

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I popped down to Felbrigg Lake this afternoon to check on the Bearded Tits. They were still there at 14.30 though, but like yesterday, they had become rather quieter and more elusive. Also on the lake, amongst the hundreds of Black-headed Gull, was an adult Mediterranean Gull. Eventually, once it had finished it’s wash and brush-up, it flew off and landed with a big group of gulls, loafing on the grazing meadow in front of the Hall. As I scanned the flock I spotted another Med Gull, only this looked more like a 2nd winter individual. I walked on up to the Heath were the only birds of interest were a large flock of Siskin, feeding in the surrounding trees. I estimate that there were at least 120.

First, a few shots of the Adult Mediterranean Gull, bathing at Felbrigg Lake. Still a very scarce bird for Felbrigg




Then a flight shot, as it heads of to the grazing meadow


Finally, the second, sub-adult bird, in the same flock, just as it took flight – the dark bill and odd black-tipped primary just visible


Post Script:

Sun Dog near Felbrigg this afternoon. ( see my post of 16th October last year!)



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