Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 4th May

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Summer resident Swallows return to the village

I’ve got a bit behind I’m afraid – too much birding, not enough blogging!

The highlights in the parish over the last couple of days have undoubtably been the continued presence of a pair of Garganey, on the water meadow at Felbrigg. The male was still there this morning but I couldn’t locate the female – this could be a very good sign of things to come! The other notable bird being the female Ring Ouzel, first found by Lee on Saturday, and present at least up until yesterday evening. The bird frequents the hedge along Red Barn Lane and feeds in the adjacent bean field. View only from the lane and do not enter the field please. The large, pale, Barn Owl has been out hunting over the rough meadow, opposite the pond, and seen most days.

Pair of Garganey, on the water meadow and looking decidedly parental! 

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In Felbrigg Park the trees are beginning to leaf – making seeing the birds more difficult, but bringing a welcome spring-like feel to the area. Reed Warblers have arrived back in the reed bed – I counted three singing birds this morning between the reed bed and Boat House Bay, with another close but silent bird. No sign of yesterdays Sedge Warbler though. There have been plenty of Whitethroat of late but also a couple of the much scarcer Lesser Whitethroat. One bird has set up territory around the dam sluice – still there singing this morning and another was around the gorse yesterday. The Cuckoo continues to advertise it’s presence by calling in the area of Common Plantation. No sign of the elusive Common Sandpiper this morning – it may have moved on.

Newly arrived Reed Warbler, singing in Boat House Bay this morning

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One of a couple of scarce Lesser Whitethroat seen in the park recently

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Back in the village, our summer resident Swallows have returned to the wires at the top of The Street – I also saw a House Martin over The Close. A splendid male Siskin continues to visit the garden feeders and there was a lovely pair of Bullfinch down the lane, as I walked back this morning.

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