Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 1st March

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A skein of Pink-feet head north west over the park – possibly one of the last this winter

Significant rain over night had made the paths in the park particularly muddy. There was a cacophony of bird sounds when I got to the back gate – Jackdaw and Stock Dove, Blackbird and Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and Robin singing! It certainly felt like Spring is on it’s way. A skein of 80 or so Pink-feet flew over, heading north west – an echo of the past and possibly one of the last of the winter. On the water meadows there were just three Wigeon left but one of the males was busy displaying to the female. A single male Shoveler remains. On the lake the Gadwall numbers continue to fall, I counted 16 with just eight Tufted Duck. The 1st winter Great Crested Grebe is still present. In the Alders by the viewing screen, a very noisy group of about twenty Siskin were busy feeding.

We’re off today for a few days birding with friends, normal services will be resumed on my return.

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