Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 17th August

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Great Spotted Woodpecker, The Street

I was accompanied on my morning walk by Neil, my long-time birding friend. Our most surprising sighting was of no fewer than 21 Magpie, in the Ash trees north of the water meadow. Nothing unusual on the lake apart from two Mandarin – one of which looked as if it might be a youngster, but I’m really not sure. In the lane to and from the cottage, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Bullfinch.

After breakfast we whizzed down to Cley NWT to catch up with the reported White-rumped Sandpiper – a rare wader from North America. Good but slightly distant views, before something spooked the flock and it wasn’t reported again all day. We spent the rest of the day on the coast between Sidestrand and Happisburgh, looking for migrants – a good haul of Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Sandpiper and a Sanderling was our reward.

White-Rumped Sandpiper – a rare North American visitor to Norfolk



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