Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 14th November – Five Finch Fest

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Hawfinch, Felbrigg Hall – one of a party of six seen near The Orangery

A relatively obliging male Bullfinch, in the hedgerow opposite Sawmill Cottage, got the Finch Fest ball rolling this morning. Once at the Hall, Gold, Green and Chaffinch were firmly ticked off, whilst waiting for the main feature to show up. It didn’t take long before two Hawfinch arrived from the other side of the Hall, to alight in the tops of a beach tree, behind The Orangery. They soon departed so I went to check-out the car park – here there was another bird sulking in the hawthorn bushes and observed eating a sloe. Accompanied by Thomas, we walked down to the church, the direction he’d seen three more fly off in from over the Walled Garden. No luck there but we did see a party of Greylag, fourteen in total, fly in from the south and land on the sheep pasture between the Hall and the lake. On the lake itself, no real change, but the Wigeon count was back up to seventeen. There were seventy five Teal on the water meadows. Back at the Hall the Hawfinch were still performing – I eventually managed to see six together behind The Orangery.

This afternoon I wandered down to Sheringham in the vague hope of catching-up with Colin’s reported Iceland Gull. No luck there but four roosting Purple Sandpipers, on the rocks below the Two Lifeboats, went some way to make up for it.

Three of four roosting Purple Sandpiper – rocks below the Two Lifeboats

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