Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 3rd August

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Wren doesn’t often feature in this blog, though perhaps it should – being one of the commonest breeding birds according to the recent Felbrigg Park Breeding Bird Survey

Monday we were volunteering at Cley NWT. Yesterday morning was an Aylmerton Pond Project working party, where we made a start on constructing the solid path to the board-walk and removed some of the over-hanging branches – letting in more light to stimulate plant growth.

A few of the Aylmerton Pond Restoration Group – what a happy band of conservation volunteers!

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In the afternoon we took a trip out of the county to see the Western Purple Swamphen, which has been present at Minsmere since the weekend.

Purple Swamphen, a potential ‘first for Britain’ – Minsmere, Suffolk. 

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For more photos go to TrevorOnTour

This morning I took an early turn around the lake. Not too much about – wildlife highlights being the Little Owl sat in it’s favourite spot below the dam (first time I’ve seen it here in a couple of months), female Tufted Duck on the lake, a lovely Comma in the morning sunshine and, best of all, the family party of Spotted Flycatcher, still along the shelter-belt.

Comma, in the early morning sunshine

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One of at least three juvenile Spotted Flycatcher

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