Aylmerton Nature Diary

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Happy Easter everyone! – primroses in full bloom on the dam bank, Felbrigg

I managed to get out into the park twice yesterday, despite the weather. Went round with Jake in the morning, completing the lake circuit, before I had to go for my meeting with Richard. As we approached the water meadow, all the ducks went up. We looked around to see what had disturbed them, just as a superb Red Kite drifted over our heads and away to the east. In the beck below the dam we had good views of a Water Rail. Another Red Kite then appeared from the north, over the shelter belt, and then another and another! All three eventually rising up and heading east. I wonder if these were local birds – I’ve not previously seen this number together, or whether they might have been migrants. Four Buzzards were circling Common Plantation. As we approached the lake from the west we could see the Mandarin in with the Tufted Duck flock – a pair took off, whilst a lone male headed into the dense cover by the screen. Ten minutes later the pair returned with a third male. There were several Chiffchaff singing along the shelter belt, between the back gate and the lake, and the Little Owl put in a brief appearance in the ivy tree.

In the afternoon I did a longer walk around the fields of Sustead with Matthew – the area we’re surveying as part of the Breeding Bird Survey of Felbrigg Park. There was a flock of twenty Redwing near Glebe Farm and the same pale Buzzard, that we’d seen a few days ago, appeared along the hedge. As we re-entered the park we saw a nice male Bullfinch (sector 8) and another Red Kite drifted over the grazing meadow, in front of the Hall.

Handsome male Pied Wagtail – one of four birds, The Warren

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There were five Herring Gull on the Lake, and still a few Common Gull

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Two of four Red Kite over Felbrigg yesterday

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Male Mandarin, Felbrigg Lake

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