Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 3rd November

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Three of a small flock of Fieldfare with Starling – sheep pastures, Felbrigg

I noticed them yesterday but it didn’t register that the family party of Mute Swan on the water meadow weren’t our resident birds. Today I had time to check them out properly – one family group of adults and three youngsters on the water meadow, whilst the ‘family from hell’ – all nine of them, remain on the lake. The Little Egret is still present, this afternoon commuting between the lake and the wet meadow near Melton Carr. As I stood by The Warren I could hear the familiar chucking call of Fieldfare, coming from the sheep pastures to the east. I counted nine feeding with a large Starling flock. Later, as I was watching migrant Blackbirds and a single Redwing on Aylmerton Common, another group of twenty Fieldfare flew west over Sawmill Cottage. The afternoon was incredibly mild for November but nevertheless I was still somewhat surprised to see a pair of mating dragonfly over the lake – Common Darter I think, but I couldn’t be sure.

There’s another family moved in up the way..

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The local Buzzard was receiving the unwelcome attention of a Crow this afternoon

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Poor light meant that it was difficult to confirm the identification of these mating dragonfly – my guess is that they were Common Darter

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