Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 7th December

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Brambling – one of a dozen, Felbrigg Hall

Yesterday, during a site meeting with the Rights of Way Officer from NCC, we saw a nice mixed finch flock, just off of Red Barn Lane, which contained Bullfinch and Yellowhammer.

In the afternoon I walked around the lake and trees near the hall, returning via The Street. Most of the water meadow and some of the lake were still frozen, with the majority of wildfowl gathered along the eastern edge. A female Shoveler was the only new species I noted. The Little Owl was sunning itself in the Ash tree below the dam – first time I’ve seen it here in several weeks. At the hall, the Brambling flock were busy feeding on the Beech mast, between the Walled Garden and the cafe – I counted about a dozen, including several brightly coloured males. As I was approaching the back gate, I heard a distinctive squeal. Looking along Scarrow Beck, where it enters the park under the road, to my delight, there was a lovely Water Rail. As I watched, a second bird appeared.

Water Rail, Scarrow Beck  – slightly better photo than the other day

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