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


Male Blackcap


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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