Glossy Ibis – possibly the ‘biggest’ bird of my AND blog year, certainly one of the most obliging
I’ve been reflecting on the past twelve months of the Aylmerton Nature Diary and what a truly great year it’s been!
The ten stand-out birds for me have been Yellow-browed Warbler (Felbrigg first), Bearded Tit (Felbrigg first), Cetti’s Warbler (First for Felbrigg), Water Pipit (First for Felbrigg ), Glossy Ibis (First for Felbrigg), Siberian Chiffchaff (First for Felbrigg), Cattle Egret (First for Aylmerton/Felbrigg), Garganey (Felbrigg First), Greenshank (Felbrigg First) and Montagu’s Harrier (First for Felbrigg) – full accounts of each are featured in the blog. There’s also been a pretty impressive supporting cast of unusual species like Mandarin, Mediterranean Gull, Jack Snipe, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Ring Ouzel, Redstart, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and Crossbill. The cumulative total of bird species seen in the AND area since I started in 2014 is now over 140 – a good number but still a long way short of the 204 (depending on how you do the maths) which is the all-time total. Not to mention the host of dragonfly/damselfly species which have been seen over the past twelve months, including Red-veined Darter and Willow Emerald Damselfly! This all goes to demonstrate the unique nature and quality of this Norfolk inland wildlife & birding hot-spot. A great ‘local patch’ and focus for this nature diary.
Thank you to all those people who regularly watch the park and who are kind enough to tell me when something unusual is around – I really do appreciate it!
‘Felbrigg First’ = new to me in Felbrigg
‘First for Felbrigg’ = new bird in Felbrigg
Bearded Tit seen last autumn, Felbrigg estate