Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 13th May

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Late Fieldfare – still present in Felbrigg, 12th May

Here’s a summary of stuff over the past couple of days. The weather has been better and so has the birding. On Thursday afternoon the highlights in the park were a rather smart pair of Wheatear at The Warren, Ring Ouzel on the rough grazing below the dam, Little Egret on the eastern edge of the lake – first one for me in several months and Common Sandpiper on the water meadows. ‘Bird of the day’ for yesterday was undoubtably the late Fieldfare, still on the rough grazing north of the dam. I did manage an early walk in the park this morning, before the NENBC outdoor meeting at Pigney’s Wood, when the best birds were; a pair of Shelduck on the grass just inside the back gate, Barn & Little Owl, Reed Warbler (finally!) singing in the reed bed, an incredible six Lapwing displaying over the water meadow, two male Mandarin on the lake and a very late female Wigeon. On my return from the field trip I took a brief excursion with Andy into the park to see if we could find Spotted Flycatcher but without success – we did however see a Hobby, drifting east along the Cromer Ridge and a singing Lesser Whitethroat near Sawmill Cottage.

Female Wigeon this morning

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One of Thursday’s highlights – a nice pair of Wheatear at The Warren. Where were they when we needed them on the ‘Big Sit’??

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Jay investigating a Blue Tit’s nest along the shelter belt

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Dead Perch found floating in the lake – who said there were no fish!

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