Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 11th September

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A moulting Chiffchaff – autumn is on it’s way

I’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms over the past couple of weeks, so today I got a good fix of ‘local patch’ birding. A five mile walk around the parish and Felbrigg Park this morning – in decidedly autumnal weather, and a shorter walk down to the lake, in late afternoon sunshine, went some way to addressing the deficit. There was surprisingly little around this morning until we got to the lake. The Little Owl was in the Ash tree below the dam and there was a lone female Mandarin on the lake itself. The Kingfisher was calling from the somewhere along western edge. A couple of Chiffchaff were calling near the viewing screen as we headed for home. Despite the improved weather, the pattern was repeated this afternoon, with nothing much around until I got to the path across the top sluice. A group of ‘hirundine’ drifted in from the south, seven Sand Martin mixed with the local House Martin and, to my surprise, a single Swift, which quickly made it’s way over the lake and headed off towards the Hall. The roosting Cormorant flock contained several white-bellied juveniles. On the way back, a lone Chiffchaff was calling near The Woodyard.

There is still a couple of occupied House Martin nests at Park Farm

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Earlier in the day, a Sparrowhawk being pursued by a clamour of Rooks, over The Street

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