Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 28th April

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Sedge Warbler, Felbrigg Lake

An excellent late afternoon walk around the lake. Plenty of hirundine, hawking insects – at least 20 Sand Martin, eight Swallow and four House Martin. On the lake, two male Mandarin, a few Gadwall still and a Cormorant. The Mute Swan have hatched – I counted five youngsters, some of which look possibly to be ‘polish’ but it’s difficult to see them through the reeds. There were a couple of Sedge Warbler singing in the reed bed, the pair of Lapwing still on the water meadow and a solitary Snipe. The pair of Egyptian Geese have three youngsters still. Best of all, and despite the unseasonably cold weather recently, a newly emerged Common Blue Damselfly – my first of the year.

Male teneral, Common Blue Damselfly

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Mute Swan, with at least five cygnets

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