Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 25th May

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Grey Wagtail, busy collecting insects, Felbrigg Lake

The unseasonally cold weather continues, with temperatures still in single figures, grey skies and near constant drizzle all day. But despite this, birdlife in the Park this afternoon was excellent – three species of owl, Garganey and Grey Wagtail, all making for a very engaging walk. The first owl species was Little, which flew out of the oaks, east of the lake, and into it’s favourite tree, south of the dam. Next, the regular Barn Owl was hunting through the shelter-belt. Finally, the familiar sound of young Tawny attracted my attention but, despite it’s near constant calling, I failed to locate initially. Eventually I found both adults and, just when I’d given up and set off home, I noticed a fluttering high up in a near-by oak. It turned out to be a big fluffy youngster! The pair of Garganey put in a brief appearance on the water meadow and around the lake an adult Grey Wagtail was busy collecting food – presumably for a local brood?

First Adult Tawny Owl

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Baby Tawny

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Second adult – slightly greyer plumage tones

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