Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 14th December

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A skein of Pink-feet heads west in the afternoon sunshine

Monday we were at Cley NWT. Tuesday was mostly taken up with a work-party at Sustead Common. Yesterday it was the Bird Club AGM and Christmas Social, so not much scope for getting out. This morning I was back at Sustead Common showing the District Valuer around – there were plenty of birds using the recently created feeding station, take a look at the Felbeck Trust blog for more details. Finally, I managed to get into the park this afternoon. On the way down The Street several skeins of Pink-feet flew over and the Water Rail was showing well, just inside the back gate. No change on the lake and only Common Snipe on the rough grazing meadow below the dam. I walked back via the sheep pastures and although there were plenty of gulls, widely distributed across the fields, there was no sign of the Glaucous Gull – I think we’ve had it with that one. No sign of the Hawfinch either – although one was reported at The Orangery still, yesterday. A nice flock of 25 or so Linnet, which Lee had mentioned the other day, were gathering in the old Oak near Sawmill Cottage on my way home.

Linnets have returned in numbers to Aylmerton Common

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