Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 26th May

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Male Broad-bodied Chaser on the allotment

Yesterday was the NENBC Club Social & Activity evening, which included a walk through the Felbrigg Estate – the undisputed highlight of which was a stonking male Whinchat. Originally found by Rita along the water meadow fence-line, it did a brief tour of The Warren and the Alders along the eastern edge of the lake, eventually giving good views to all. This was a year tick for me. The other birding highlight was Spotted Flycatcher, seen half way along the shelter-belt, which may well be a different bird (pair) from that found by Andy, just before the walk started, at the edge of the Old Deer Park. We had over 70 people at the Social event, which included talks on drawing birds, bird photography and bird names, as well as sumptuous refreshments and a book auction to finish with!

There was no sign of the Whinchat first thing this morning, but I did manage to locate a singing Garden Warbler in the hedge opposite Sawmill Cottage. Dragonfly interest continues to build with a superb male Broad-bodied Chaser on the allotment yesterday afternoon.

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