Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 5th January

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Whooper Swan, Aylmerton – courtesy of Tim Wright, finder and photographer

This has been a busy week, for reasons that will soon be come clear. Yesterday I spent the morning with Jonah, Norfolk Rivers Trust, visiting various locations in the area. I’d just got back indoors for lunch, when I received a message from Tim that there were two Whooper Swans on the field, opposite his house, but to take care approaching because they looked jumpy. Thanks to Tim I got excellent views, if a little distant, through his landing window. I returned after lunch to obtain some record-shots but they had disappeared! I spent the next couple of hours driving around the local countryside and walking around Felbrigg, but no sign.

This is only the third time I’ve seen Whooper in the area – the long staying bird in 2012/13, the pair last year on the lake at the end of February and these two. I’m not sure if there have been any more records – please let me know if there have been.

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