Aylmerton Nature Diary

Monday 15th January

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The handsome male Black Redstart along the sea-front at Sheringham yesterday

Yesterday was busy – a whiz round Felbrigg early, followed by a guided walk, for Sustead residents, around Spurrell’s Wood and the afternoon spent catching-up with the Black Redstart, which has been present along Sheringham sea-front for the past few days.

Another grab-shot of the Hawfinch at Felbrigg – numbers seem to have dwindled now to just one or two

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The most notable things around the park were a single Hawfinch in the conifers between The Orangery and the Hall, a lone Snipe, flushed from the Scarrow Beck, as I walked along the Weaver’s Way and a lovely bunch of Primrose in flower on a road-side bank, as I headed towards Sustead Common – Spring is coming! Nearly twenty people turned out for the walk – a good opportunity to explain what Felbeck Trust has been doing on The Common and to outline our intentions for the purchase and management of Spurrell’s Wood. See here for write-up. The Black Redstart gave itself up relatively easily – first appearing on the roof of one of the shelters along the Prom before flitting back and forth through the cliff-top gardens until dusk. Judging by the rain beating on the dining room windows this morning it’s going to be another challenging day at Cley NWT!

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