Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 13th – unlucky for most

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The weather overnight and this morning has been pretty dreadful but I did manage a quick walk out after the snow-fall. I’ve never seen so little birdlife on the lake, just the Mute Swan family, half a dozen Gadwall, four Tufted, two Moorhen and the Coot – everything else was sheltering up along the edges of the water meadow. A nice pair of Bullfinch were down the shelter-belt, a solitary Redwing was feeding amongst the Blackbirds at the south west corner of the dam and a Green Woodpecker flew towards The Warren.

The surprise is, that despite the bad weather, the small flock of Hawfinch remain – there were at least six and possibly nine this morning, according to Tim. There’s been a steady trickle of admirers for these stunning-looking birds, which have now become a very scarce species indeed in North Norfolk.  I still haven’t got a really good picture of them though.

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