Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 5th November

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Male Bullfinch – The Street

We took the grand kids to see the seals at Horsey Gap this morning. On our way there we managed to find the 1st winter Caspian Gull, on the sea at Cromer – a UK ‘tick’ for Jake. After a pleasant walk along the Nelson Head track we climbed the dunes to look for seals. The first one we saw was, unfortunately, a dead pup being eaten by what looked superficially like a Hooded Crow. Closer examination left me thinking it was more likely a hybrid – nice to see all the same. At Brodgrave Farm we watched a distant group of four Crane feeding in the field.

Probable Hooded x Carrion Crow hybrid – Horsey

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A rather less gruesome seal spectacle

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This afternoon it was ‘business as usual’ in the park. The most interesting things were a Marsh Tit along the shelter-belt, Little Egret & Green Sandpiper on the Scarrow Beck near to Metton Carr and a Grey Heron carrying away it’s prey – which looked like a Brown Rat. On the way back up The Street, two pairs of Bullfinch.

Several Common Darter still about near Horsey

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