Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 31st October

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Great Spotted Woodpecker, at dusk – Felbrigg Park

Spent most of the day at Breydon Water, in a fruitless search for a rare American wader – Lesser Yellowlegs. What made it worse was that a couple of Hungarian birders joined me mid-afternoon, one of whom found the bird, assumed we were watching it and didn’t tell us ’till it had disappeared again! Still, nice guys to chat to anyway and I did see Spotted Redshank, Mediterranean Gull and Merlin as a consolation prize.

Called in at Felbrigg on my way home to have another look for Short-eared Owl before it got dark. No luck again, so I’m beginning to think that unfortunately it has moved on. I did see the Little Owl in it’s usual place and there were plenty of wildfowl on the Lake including seven Mandarin. The group conveniently swam out from the wooded western edge so I could get a good view – two adult winter males, four females and, what I presume was, the immature male, found last weekend. However, that doesn’t account for the three adult males I saw mid-week – indicating that there may be other birds yet to join the flock. Only other birds of note were a single Little Grebe and a small group of six Mistle Thrush on the rough grazing, below the dam.

Group of seven Mandarin Duck – including a young male

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