Aylmerton Nature Diary

500th post – Saturday 13th January

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The other day, whilst I was out looking for Brambling, I came across the confluence of Scarrow Beck (which rises near Aylmerton village pond) and Gur Beck (which flows through Sustead Common), south east of the Felbrigg estate. The Scarrow Beck, as it is known from there on, flows through Hanworth and Aldborough, before joining the River Bure, just west of Ingworth and north of the Blickling estate. Improving the water quality of these two tributaries is a main target of the Upper Bure Valley Partnership.

Confluence of the Scarrow and Gur Becks


The weather over the past few days has been rather dismal, over-cast, damp and, at times, thick fog. I had a second attempt to find Shorelark at Happisburgh on Thursday but without success, despite another birder seeing them at virtually the same time as I was there. The fact that I couldn’t see more than thirty yards into the field may have contributed to my failure. I did manage to find Great Crested Grebe and Mandarin at Blickling, as a consolation prize, and had the opportunity to study the redpoll flock at Letheringsett ford – nicely within the NENBC recording area. After prolonged watching and a few false-starts we did manage to positively identify one, probably two, Coues’s Arctic and several Common (Mealy). Yesterday I was out in the afternoon looking at a couple of very interesting parcels of common land, with a view to Felbeck Trust doing some long-term habitat management work there. A hunting Barn Owl over one of the sites providing a promising omen!

All three redpoll species, photographed (at a distance!) at Cromer earlier in the week


Post-script: I’ve just realised that todays blog is my 500th post since AND was created!



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