Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 29th January

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Coot – the only one this winter, looking like black velvet in the early morning sun

I was tied up all day on Friday with a working party on Mallett’s Meadows. Despite lighting the bonfires at 10.30, we’d only burnt about half of the stuff by the time it came to pack up. We hope to finish the job this coming Friday.

Yesterday I treated myself to a days ‘twitching’ in the Midlands – a long over-due visit to Chatsworth, to see the wintering Dusky Thrush. For a brief account and photo click this link.

It was lovely and sunny for my morning walk around the Park. Nothing particularly noteworthy but plenty of birds about. The lake was partially frozen but the mixed group of wildfowl looked fabulous in the low morning sun. I counted eight Wigeon, including several males and ten Tufted Duck. The rest were Mallard, Gadwall and Teal, with the lone Coot. I did manage to find a single Woodcock in Common Plantation.

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