Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 28th September

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Check out the new board-walk and dipping platform at the village pond

After six continuous days hard labour, by a loyal bunch of local volunteers, the ‘boggy board-walk’ and dipping platform at the village pond is now finish, including a nice bench to rest your weary bones. We’ve still got to top off the solid approach path but all the timber work is done. It seemed rather fitting that as we were putting the finishing touches to it this afternoon, a spectacular female Southern Hawker came to investigate us and our handy work!

Southern Hawker – taken in Felbrigg Park last year

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I enjoyed a lovely walk around the park this evening. Nothing particularly unusual bird-wise – just four, newly arrived, Tufted Duck on the lake – possibly including the regular Tufted x Ferruginous, four House Martin still around Park Farm and a nice flock of twenty plus Long-tailed Tit up the lane on my way home. The cloud formations were truly interesting tonight  though.

In a conversation with my neighbour this afternoon he told me he’d seen a ‘Siberian Woodcock’ (presumably a nice old Norfolk name for wintering Woodcock) in the park yesterday. It seems rather early but, there again, it’s been a bit of a strange year. A nice record nonetheless, thanks John.

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