Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 25th November

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I did manage to get out for a walk yesterday afternoon, around the lake and back via the Old Deer Park and along Red Barn Lane. It was very quiet through the shelter belt. On the lake there were the usual wildfowl, though Gadwall numbers seem to have dropped again, but there were five Mandarin – two males and three females, unusually roosting in the open, on the shore just north of Boathouse Bay. There was a single Snipe feeding amongst the Teal on the water meadows. A couple of Blackbird fed on the few remaining hawthorn berries – the Redwing and Fieldfare now seem to have moved on inland. A small tit flock at Sexton’s Lodge contained Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed and there was a Nuthatch calling nearby. I glimpsed a warbler in the flock – probably a Chiffchaff, but I wasn’t able to relocate it or confirm it’s id. Two male Bullfinch brightened up my return walk along the lane.

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