Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 8th May, NENBC Big Sit event

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A terrible iPhone snap of one of yesterday’s NENBC Felbrigg ‘Big Sit’ highlights – Greenshank

Yesterday was the NENBC Big Sit event and, as last year, the Felbrigg Team were located at The Warren, from 05.00 – 20.30. We recorded 76 species, just a couple short of last years total. Highlights included: the ‘resident’ pair of Garganey, four Mandarin, three – possibly four Spotted Flycatcher, two Garden Warbler – a ‘first for Felbrigg’ for me, an early Whimbrel on the Water Meadow (only my second), Greenshank – an early morning ‘touch-down’ – another Felbrigg ‘first’ for me, and, the undoubted highlight – first picked up by Tim, a female Montagu’s Harrier, which made it’s way from over the Great Wood, along the western edge of the park, before finally drifting off over Metton Carr. This was probably the same bird, picked up by Paul at Muckleborough Hill, another NENBC Big Sit location, an hour or so earlier. There have been a couple of previous Aylmerton records, of birds flying along the Cromer Ridge, but I think this is a new bird for Felbrigg Park!

A tremendous effort by all involved at the four NENBC Big Sit locations. To everyone who took part, kept watch, provided sustenance or showed support – a big thank you. Full results from all the sites will appear in the Club Newsletter in due course.

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