Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 7th May

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Whinchat, a Felbrigg ‘first’ for me

I was out early this morning, doing a reconnoitre for tomorrow’s NENBC ‘Big Sit’ – check our website for details. All the usual stuff was around, including singing Sedge & Reed Warbler in the reed bed and Mandarin and Garganey on the lake. Best bird, however, was a Whinchat on the fence line, below the dam. Although I’ve seen Whinchat in the parish, I’ve not managed to catch up with one in Felbrigg before now.

Another shot of the Whinchat,  –  female, on fence posts below the dam

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Singing Sedge Warbler. One of two birds this morning in the reed bed

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As I was walking home, my pager announced the presence of a Black-winged Stint at Cley NWT. Amazingly, only the second appearance of this species on the reserve. We arrived at the board walk just as the hides were emptying, after the bird had flown off of Simmond’s Scrape and gone down on to Cricket Marsh. Watching from the footpath, opposite the warden’s house, I noticed a black and white bird in the distance, fly up and over West Bank. Thinking at first that it was a Lapwing, I was delighted to see through my binoculars long, trailing, pink legs! We headed down the coast road, where the stilt had paused briefly before heading west towards Blakeney. Now why couldn’t that have been on the water meadow!

Black-winged Stilt – only the second record for Cley NWT

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