Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 16th August

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Distant Hobby, over the Cromer Ridge

Yesterday afternoon I took the opportunity, between various gardening jobs, to survey the skies over the Cromer Ridge – with a mild easterly wind, I fancied that there might be a bit of raptor movement. However, in the hour I was watching, I only saw Hobby and Swift. The first sighting of the former was two birds which came low over the house, ariel ‘scrapping’ with each other and squawking, more like a parrot species than a falcon!  I later had two more sightings – possibly a different bird, high over the ridge. The Swift,  probably a migrant, was hawking over the cottage for ten minutes before, eventually drifting east.

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