Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 2nd October

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One of my first Redwing of the autumn – most just flew straight over but this one stopped briefly

Took advantage of the weather – moderate north westerly winds with rain showers, to do a spot of early morning sea watching at Sheringham. A nice selection, including several which were NENBC year ticks for me: 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Pomarine and plenty of Great & Arctic Skua, Short-eared Owl in off the sea and a Rock Pipit in front of the shelter. All in a couple of hours!

Got back mid-morning and went straight down to Felbrigg Park to check if anything had been blown in. Encountered my first Redwings of the autumn – several small flocks flying west over the Old Dear Park and later a group of a dozen over the allotment track. A Marsh Tit was calling around the central path cross-tracks, west of the cattle-grid. The female Teal was again present on the Top Pond, but this time, along with thirty five Mallards. Several Common Darter were out, despite the wind, and a splendid pair of Southern Hawker.

Common Darter, male – still about in reasonable numbers



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