Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 15th April

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Male Mandarin, Felbrigg Lake – my first in 2017!

At last – after 105 days of the New Year, I see my first Mandarin on Felbrigg Lake! A pair were close to the western edge before swimming out into the centre of the lake. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see them. Also, over the lake, half a dozen Sand Martin and four Swallow, hawking for insects. On the water meadow, the pair of Oystercatcher, three Gadwall, a handful of Teal and two Grey Heron. There were several pairs of Linnet around the gorse bushes on The Warren. The continuing run of cold north-westerlies is really beginning to hold things up – no Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler or Cuckoo yet!

A nice shot of Grey Heron over the Water Meadow

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