Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 20th March

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Early morning gull roost – Felbrigg Lake

Spent yesterday morning at the Aylmerton Pond Project working party and the afternoon co-leading the NENBC outdoor meeting at Hickling. I did manage a late visit to Felbrigg Lake in the evening – several owls calling and a Woodcock flew overhead.

Out again this morning. Nothing unusual at the lake – same flock of Tufted Duck, single male Pochard, three Mute Swan and a pair of Canada Geese. On the water meadow, a dozen or so Teal, two pair of Gadwall and a few Mallard. There were hundreds of gulls roosting on the lake, all Black-headed and Common, in a ratio of 2:1, I’d estimate. In the woods there was plenty of resident bird activity, with Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Treecreeper, Stock Dove, Buzzard and a  single Woodcock in Common Plantation, being the highlights. At one point, whilst watching the antics of a Wren, grubbing about in the leaf-litter, I noticed a second brown object moving about – turned put to be a Short-tailed Vole! The Barn Owl was in the rough grazing meadow up the Street, on my return.

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