Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 3rd November

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Three ‘brown head” Goldeneye, Felbrigg Lake

Got back this afternoon, this time from a successful trip to Breydon Water to see the Lesser Yellowlegs, with enough daylight for me to do a hasty round of the park. A quick scan of the Lake from the path by the reed bed (no sign or ‘tick’ from the Cetti’s Warbler) and I spotted three new ducks – ‘brown head’ Goldeneye! In the failing light it was just possible to imagine a slightly darker-headed bird amongst them, possibly then an immature male and two females. If they stick around, like they did last winter, we will see if that’s how they develop. Two Little Grebe  were also present, along with the usual group of Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck. Twenty two Cormorant were in the roost and, just as it was getting dark, first a group of three and then five Mandarin flew over the water meadow, circled the lake and headed back off towards the Great Wood. The Little Owl was sitting out in it’s usual tree below the dam and a Buzzard flew over, landing in a tree near Metton Carr.

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