Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 18th October

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Male Ring Ouzel (with Blackbird above) – The Street

Winter visitors are arriving in numbers. As I walked down The Street this morning a small flock of Redwing flew into the Poplar trees near the junction with Lion’s Mouth. They were joined by a couple of Fieldfare and then by a male Ring Ouzel, before the flock dropped into a Hawthorn bush in the rough grazing meadow. In that one bush there were Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackbird, Fieldfare and Ring Ouzel! There was little of note down the middle path to the Lake, where most of the usual wildfowl were still present. As I walked towards the church I disturbed a flock of Meadow Pipit feeding in the grass – around 40 birds in total. The gull flock is increasing too, with the bulk of them now Common Gull, c200 I counted. I spent some time on the Heath looking at Redwing feeding in the Rowan trees and a couple of Siskin in the pines. I’d just started down the track towards the Hall and home when a flock of Crossbill flew over, calling. I eventually managed to relocate them in pines, east of the main track – there were fourteen, including several males. This was a Felbrigg ‘tick’ for me, having failed to track them down in previous winters. On my return home I looked for the Ring Ouzel again but was unsuccessful, I did however find a late Willow Warbler feeding in the hedgerow.

Several shots of the Common Crossbill flock, The Heath, Felbrigg

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