Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 5th May – with added photos

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Barn Owl, in the early morning sunshine

I went round my neighbours property this morning to see if I could relocate the Ring Ouzel which, the evening before last, was seen in their hedge, adjoining the bean field. No luck and I suspect that it may have moved on by now. The Barn Owl was performing well over the rough grazing meadow, opposite the pond, before finally flying off behind the houses, in the direction of The Close. There were a couple of Swift overhead – with ten over the church mid-morning. These are the first ‘village’ Swift I’ve seen. Made a brief visit to Felbrigg, to collect a Grass Snake which, apparently, had been mauled by a cat in another part of the county. I’m pleased to say it was released, none the worse for it’s adventure, in suitable habitat within the parish. As I walked to my rendezvous, the Reed Warblers were singing loudly from the reed-bed and the Lesser Whitethroat was still present along the dam.

First returning ‘village’ Swift – one of ten seen together, mid-morning

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Postscript: Just received these fabulous photos of yesterday’s Grass Snake, from Lee. Thanks also to Anne, the original rescuer.

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