Aylmerton Nature Diary

Easter Monday

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Swallow, against leaden skies –  first for me at Felbrigg in 2016!

We were volunteering at Cley this morning. By lunch-time we were both soaked through to the skin, necessitating an early return home, to dry out and warm up! Bird of the morning was undoubtably a lone Swallow, heading east ahead of the cold weather front.

By four this afternoon I’d dried out and so had the weather, sufficient to venture out onto the ‘patch’. As we walked down Park Road, a Red Kite loomed over the shelter belt. We saw two later on, over Common Plantation. Nothing unusual on the water meadow, but a Grey Heron did catch my eye. Approaching the screen, our progress was impeded by a large Silver Birch, which had blown down, right onto the kissing gate. We managed to heave it to the side, leaving the path barely passable. The female Mute Swan was on the rough pile of sticks which may constitute this year’s nest, but there was no sign of any Mandarin. We’d just about completed the circuit of the lake when, out of nowhere, a Swallow appeared over The Warren – my first for Felbrigg in 2016!

Female Mute Swan on her make-shift nest

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Red Kite, one of several in recent days. None of them wing-tagged

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