Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 3rd June

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Grey Heron, Felbrigg Lake

Another cold, damp, breezy morning, but still some things of interest on my early morning walk. There were a couple of Barn Owl out hunting, one on the outskirts of the village, another by the water meadow. I saw four different adult Great Spotted Woodpecker – two by the edge of the Old Deer Park (FPBBS Sect. 3) another, in oaks, by the eastern edge of the lake and the last, on my way back up The Street, by Sawmill Cottage. No sign of the scarcer duck species but there were five Tufted Duck on the lake – including four males which, along with the Mallard flock, are already showing signs of advanced moult. The Little Owl was around the dam area and, to my surprise, a pair of Lesser Whitethroat in the hawthorn hedge (FPBBS Sect 7). Another summer resident to make a reappearance was Cuckoo, calling loudly from the woods west of the lake and later from the meadow at the edge of Common Plantation. I don’t recall hearing it since the ‘Big Sit’ on the 8th May. Entering the village, on my return home, a couple of Linnets in a neighbours garden – they seem to be doing well this year, and four Siskin flying over.

Coot, looking rather incongruous, on it’s nest in the middle of the lake

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