Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 29th December

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View across the lake – with the distant flock of 270+ Teal!

The weather was pretty dismal yesterday, with freezing fog for most of the day. Managed a quick walk around the lake, late afternoon. The water meadows, though unfrozen, contained very few birds. The lake on the other hand, which was partly iced over, was teeming! I couldn’t see the far bank, so counting the ducks was difficult but there were at least 270 Teal, plus the regular flocks of Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted. The female Pochard was still present, as were the three male Shoveler and the single Coot. There was no sign though of the previous day’s highlights of Black-tailed Godwit or the Ruddy Shelduck hybrid.

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