Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 6th May

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Part of the group of six Common Sandpiper, the dam, Felbrigg Lake

Another early morning walk around my neighbours fields failed to produce the Ring Ouzel – it must have gone by now. There was quite a gathering of gulls on the newly planted potato field along Red Barn Lane, including at least ten Common Gull. I continued my walk through Felbrigg but failed to produce anything particularly new on the water meadow. The male Mandarin flew in from the north, whilst I was standing on the middle path, and landed on the lake – joining a couple of Tufted Duck, male Gadwall and the pair of Garganey. As I walked along the dam I disturbed a group of Common Sandpiper – six in total, which eventually flew to the trees beyond the viewing screen and were pretty much lost to view. Butterfly interest today came in the form of an Orange-tip and Holly Blue – both new for 2016.

Orange-tip butterfly

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Over lunch, a couple of texts from Simon announced first the appearance over the park of a couple of Crane (my second miss in as many weeks!) and a group of three Greenshank which may or may not have landed. An afternoon walk around the park and the parish produced few surprises, except a wonderful Tawny Owl, just over the boundary in Sustead parish.

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Three gull species Black-headed, Herring and Common – potato field, Aylmerton 

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