Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 21st January

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A stonking male Black Redstart on the sea front at Cromer

It’s been a busy week, with precious little time for local birding. On Wednesday we had the NENBC mid-week walk in Felbrigg. An amazing thirty three people turned up and we saw a total of over fifty species – highlights of which included, Little Owl and a super mixed flock of Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird and Starling, feeding at close range on the sheep pastures.

On Thursday I was looking round a private small-holding at Gresham. We’d seen Woodcock, Siskin and Bullfinch on our leisurely walk round and I was just bidding my host goodbye when I noticed a bird in the hedge behind her stable buildings. One look through the binoculars and, bingo,  Hawfinch – soon joined by a second! Now what are the chances of that? Speaking of Hawfinch, the Aylmerton ‘flock’ is still present, though exhibiting less predictable behaviour. Although, it has to be said, they perform superbly for David from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, at the end of a quick wizz around the Felbeck Trust sites this morning – up to five birds showing well in their favourite trees.

This afternoon I went down to Sustead Common to finish off the work on the gates – which we started during yesterday’s working-party. Some good stuff about, including a nice flock of Long-tailed Tit, three Bullfinch and a single remaining Siskin from this morning’s group of eleven.

In between times this week I’ve managed a couple of quick trips out to see local birds – Glaucous Gull and Purple Sandpiper at Sheringham and a delightfully confiding male Black Redstart on Cromer sea-front at lunch-time.

New pedestrian gate at Sustead Common –  Felbeck Trust information notice in the background!

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