Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 6th December

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A few of the 25+ Siskin in Felbrigg this morning

I spent the first half of the morning at Sustead Common doing a bit more work on the viewing screen and bird feeding station. Finally got into the park just before noon. Pretty quiet in general – there seem to be fewer ducks around, with only three Wigeon and eight Tufted on the lake, amongst the usual Gadwall and Mallard. A group of five Mute Swan did fly in from the west but only circled the lake before flying off again. No sign of any snipe sp. on the rough grazing meadow but a single Meadow Pipit and a Grey Wagtail which I saw a couple of times, between the Weaver’s Way crossing and Metton Carr. I decided to check out all the usual spots for Woodcock – I did find two roosting under the same Holly bush, in a generally less accessible area of the estate. I also disturbed loads of Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, two Hares and three Roe Deer taking cover from the local ‘blitzkrieg’ of shooters guns that have been a feature of the past few weeks. Meanwhile, back at the viewing screen, several loose groups of Siskin, 25+ I’d guess –  always nice to see.

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