Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 7th November

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Managed a couple of hours this afternoon, after the rain stopped and before it got dark. Very few birds in the Great Wood, Deer Park or on the Heath. A couple of largish mixed Gull flocks on the sheep meadows between the Hall and the church – mostly Black-headed and Common, with a few Herring mixed in. I flushed a Little Owl from the plantation by the church – it flew into the nearby Sycamore and was lost to view. This is the first I’ve seen in this location for nearly a year. There was nothing unusual amongst the wildfowl on The Lake, just the immature male Mandarin. The Cetti’s Warbler was again calling from the middle of the reed bed, proving to be incredibly elusive. A Water Rail was occasionally ‘squealing’. No other wildlife activity as I walked home.

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