Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 23rd April

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One of a pair of Stock Dove in the garden – a ‘first’

We’ve had our birding friends Bob & Sue to stay for the weekend, so it’s been a busy time. Friday evening we had a quick walk into Felbrigg. Saturday morning we met up with folks from my old bird club and had a walk around Cley NWT, followed by an afternoon at Happisburgh, looking for Shorelark – which we found, but only by looking along the entire coastline, after they were disturbed from the light-house field by tractors. Yesterday was an extended walk around the parish, via Sustead Common. There wasn’t a great deal of birding action but we did managed to find a few things. At Cley the best we could manage was a Spoonbill, Whimbrel and, of non-birding interest, a Harbour Porpoise. We did find a Whitethroat in Felbrigg – not before time, but it had moved off by the following morning. After Bob & Sue had departed, I got a call from Phil saying he’d found a couple of male Ring Ouzel in the park! They were still there by the time I got down there, thank goodness. On the lake there were three Little Grebe – we’d heard one singing in the morning, along with a splendid pair of Mandarin (morning only) looking extremely broody. The other birding high-light of the weekend was a pair of Stock Dove feeding under my bird table – first time I’ve ever had these lovely doves in the garden. Tim & Dawn report a couple of Wheatear on the potato fields south of the village and four House Martin, back near the bus stop – so finally spring migration appears to be happening in earnest.

One of two, male Ring Ouzel in Felbrigg Park


Broody Mandarin on the lake


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