Aylmerton Nature Diary

May Day

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My first Swift of the year

Went to Felbrigg this morning to check on the Garganey. They were still present – and again this evening, with the male continuing to display. The Reed Warbler was performing in the morning sunshine and there was an early Swift briefly over the lake, before heading south. This evening the pair of Oystercatcher were on the water meadow, before departing to the south. Lapwing were also present and engaging in a bit of display behaviour. No sign of any Snipe, Sedge Warbler (reported by Simon this afternoon) or the Common Sandpiper. A pleasant surprise, however, came in the shape of a lovely Tawny Owl, flying through the woods, west of the lake.

Reed Warbler, showing well at the reed bed, Felbrigg

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At the allotment this morning, a ‘kettle’ of seven Buzzards drifted east over the village and the best non-bird interest, in the form of a freshly emerged Large Red Damselfly, photo courtesy of Jane.

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