Aylmerton Nature Diary

Monday 19th June

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Black-tailed Skimmer – Felbrigg Lake

Gradually getting back to normal after our week in Northern Greece and last week, spent cycling along the NCN 1, from Berwick on Tweed to Flamborough. We did see over seventy bird species from our bikes during the five day ride, including Avocet, Corn Bunting, Eider, Grasshopper Warbler & Siskin.

Managed to get a walk in around the park yesterday evening, once the heat of the day had subsided. I was pleased to see the adult Spotted Flycatcher was still in the Sweet Chestnut, close to the path through the shelter-belt. Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed & Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and a couple of Mistle Thrush all seen, but little else. I see that the pair of Mute Swan have managed to hang on to their seven regular cygnets, but appear to have lost the ‘Polish’ youngster. Surprised to see so many dragonfly & damselfly still on the wing after 8.00pm, including Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and my first Brown Hawker of the year. Back in the village, plenty of Swift over-head – I counted at least 25 birds, swirling and screaming together.

Sedge Warbler present but not singing, in the reed-bed

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