Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 19th December

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Just a few of the 60+ Siskin, feeding in Alders around Felbrigg Lake

The weather this afternoon has been incredibly mild – 15 deg. with a pleasant southerly wind! All the more surprising then to find a Goldeneye on Felbrigg Lake, after several weeks of absence – an occurrence you might associate more with hard weather movement. Other wildfowl have remained pretty static though. There was also an impressive flock of 60 or so Siskin busy in the Alders by the screen. I looked for Redpoll but failed to find any. The only other birds of interest were three Buzzards over the park and a few skeins of Pink-feet flying to roost at dusk.

It’s been a very good week for birds in Norfolk mind you, some of my personal highlights have included: Pallid & Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Black Brant, Cattle Egret, Grey Phalarope, Snow Bunting, Water Pipit, Mealy Redpoll and of course, the Red-rumped Swallow! For more details and a few photos click here.

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