Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 18th February

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1st winter Great Crested Grebe – Felbrigg Lake

Thursday, Friday and this morning have been taken up with Felbeck Trust work-parties and nest-box events at Sustead Common and Mallett’s Meadows. See the Felbeck Trust website for further details. So this afternoon I treated myself to a bit of birding. All the action was at the lake, with the top bird being a 1st winter Great Crested Grebe – only my third ever record at Felbrigg! The supporting cast was also good with a Lesser Black-backed Gull in the roost and a Little Egret feeding along the eastern edge. Other birds of interest included a new pair of Coot (now two in total) and 19 Tufted Duck, including a couple of possible hybrid types – more research required. Later I walked up to the Old Deer Park and the woodland pasture behind the Hall, looking for the Redpoll flock – which I eventually found. I only saw seven Lesser’s however and they were very mobile.

Two of the reduced flock of seven Lesser Redpoll

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.. and Little Egret – first for the year at Felbrigg

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