One of two pairs of Canada Geese now on the water meadows – Felbrigg Park
It was a glorious morning yesterday – warm, sunny and still. The usual mix of wildfowl were on the lake and water meadow, including a pair of Egyptian Geese, two pairs of Canada Geese, 19 Wigeon and three Coot. There were two Little Egret, one along the eastern edge of the lake near the reed bed and another feeding along Scarrow Beck below the dam. As I walked along the hedge which borders the beck there was a nice pair of Bullfinch playing ‘hide and seek’ with me. I was stood still near an ivy-covered bush watching them when there was a loud flapping, which I assumed was a Woodpigeon. It turned out to be a Barn Owl, which came tumbling out of the bush and landed momentarily at my feet! It quickly composed itself before flying off towards Metton. Meadow Pipits were more in evidence on the rough grazing meadow and I noticed a pair of Linnet back on territory near The Warren. I headed up to the Old Deer Park to look for the Redpoll, without success, but I did find a nice flock of a dozen Siskin. Along Red Barn Lane, on the way home, there were a couple of Fieldfare in the long hedge of Mallett’s Meadows and four Roe Deer in the field.
Four Roe Deer, sunning themselves