Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 15th March

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Little Egret, Felbrigg Lake – first recorded in the Felbrigg area in 2004

I had to call in on Richard at the Wood Yard this morning, so I took a stroll around the Lake before-hand. Plenty of singing birds along the shelter belt and three different Great Spotted Woodpeckers ‘drumming’. At the Lake itself the lone male Pochard is still present with the Tufted flock, which currently numbers about twenty. There were at least thirty Teal spread across the Lake and the water meadow and, to my surprise, six Coot – I’ve only seen the odd one over the past few weeks. Simon told me on Sunday that the family of Mute Swan were back but that they were down to only three youngsters. This morning the pair of adults were present with just one of last year’s off-spring remaining.  The Barn Owl was out quartering the rough grazing above the water meadow.

The only other bird of interest was a Little Egret, feeding busily along the eastern edge of the Lake. Moss Taylor posted a sighting from Felbrigg yesterday on the NENBC website  –  imparting the news that this was the first record he’d had of Little Egret at Felbrigg. Moss is a seasoned Felbrigg birder and I guess must have been a bit unlucky in the past, as records have been increasing since the first sighting in the Felbrigg/Aylmerton area, in May 2004. Last year there were a handful of records and on at least one occasion in the last couple of years, two have been reported together. Although I don’t expect Little Egret to feature in our forth-coming Breeding Bird Survey of Felbrigg Park, I do wonder just how long it will be?

As I write this mornings blog, the male Siskin is busy on the feeders in my garden!

Grab shot, taken through the kitchen window!



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