Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 7th November

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iPhone photo of the ‘Black Brant’ – American version of Brent Goose – Cley

Yesterday was our volunteering day at Cley NWT. Still surprisingly mild for early November – I should have worn my shorts! The birding was generally good, with the highlight being Grey Phalarope in the morning on Walsey Marsh and super views of Black Brant on Keeper’s Marsh in the afternoon. A flock of forty Snow Bunting west along the shingle ridge was a bonus. Today I was back on the coast helping with the Cley – Salthouse WeBS count. A few interesting sightings, including the ‘Russian’ White-fronted Goose with 2,000 Pink-feet, winter plumage Spotted Redshank on Kelling water meadows and several mixed thrush flocks coming in off the sea. A quick whiz around Felbrigg and Sustead Common produced: Little Egret still along Scarrow Beck, half a dozen Lapwing flying over north west – there were large numbers along the coast, and an obliging Water Rail feeding in the wet woods, west of the viewing screen. In Sustead I added two new birds to my site list – the familiar sound of Grey Wagtail greeted me as I made my way towards the footbridge (long overdue), quickly followed by a Brambling in the Blackthorn thicket.

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