Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 20th October

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Yesterday was the NENBC mid-week walk in Felbrigg Park. Despite the unpromising weather – showers and moderately strong winds, we did manage to see 35 species. The highlights being a flock of sixty or so Siskin around The Heath and three Brambling, feeding between The Hall and the walled garden.

Managed a walk around the lake, late afternoon in near continuous down-pours. Not surprisingly we saw very little – a nice group of 14 Tufted Duck being the best sighting.

This morning was the NENBC ‘trial’ coordinated sea-watch. We arrived at ‘first light’ and stayed for three hours. Our best birds included a juvenile Sabine’s Gull, Little Gull, Sooty and Manx Shearwater, a Short-eared Owl, ten Eider and several Great Skua. It’ll be interesting to see how the results from the six sites along the coast, from Happisburgh to Weybourne, compare.

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