Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 14th April

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Record shot of Common Sandpiper, first of the year, Felbrigg

I got a text this afternoon from Simon, telling me about a Common Sandpiper at Felbrigg Lake. It was still there when I arrived, though the views weren’t great – only being viewable from the eastern edge, across the lake. Also over the lake 30+ Sand Martin and a couple of Swallow. In the reed bed the adult Egyptian Geese had brought their six newly-hatched young down to the water for protection. An obliging male Blackcap, along the shelter belt, posed for photos!

Sand Martins at rest

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Male Blackcap

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One of the worst things to happen at Felbrigg recently was our discovery, yesterday, of a dead buck Roe Deer. There was plenty of carnage at the scene, where this unfortunate animal had obviously been cornered, probably by a dog (according to NT estate staff), and systematically harried until it died.

 

This tragic event took place just feet away from a sign, one of several, requesting owners to keep their pets on a lead  

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