Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 26th August

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Two, of half a dozen, regular Cormorant at the lake

Just about every time I’ve been down to Felbrigg lately I’ve heard or seen Kingfisher. This morning I watched a bird fishing in the top pond above the water meadow, later it flew down to the lake. The weather was delightfully warm and still, with just a hint of autumn in the air. Our resident birds were much in evidence too, with calling Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Marsh Tit in the trees behind The Forge and a vocal Grey Wagtail flying over the lake towards the Old Deer Park. Summer visitors were still hanging on, with two family parties of Reed Warbler in the reed-bed and a singing Chiffchaff near the viewing screen. There was a gathering of 35+ House Martins over Park Farm. I’d just reached the village, on my way back home, when I encountered a ‘fixed flock’ in the shelter-belt by the Anglia Water pumping station. There were several Willow Warbler – now a scarce migrant in the parish, a Blackcap and Blue, Great and Coal Tit, busy feeding.

Poor shot of a diving Kingfisher – but you get the idea

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One of probably six or seven Reed Warbler, still present at the lake

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A mesmerising pattern of Silver Diving Beetles – Park Farm pond

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One of a handful of migrant Willow Warbler, in the shelter-belt at the edge of the village

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