Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 21st January

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Devastated – me and the tree! Favourite haunt of Little Owl – gone for ever. I declare three days of national mourning!

We’ve had Neil and a friend to stay this weekend so that, together with a Spurrell’s Wood work-party yesterday morning, has meant limited time for birding this weekend. It was WeBS duck count day today so we started off at the water meadows around ten o’clock. Nothing of note for the count – in fact both the number and variety of species was significantly down on the past week – that’s always the way on WeBS day! Once we’d finished the count we headed off towards the church, in search of Little Owl. We reached the top of the ridge looking over towards the church and ‘what the ….!!’ The dead tree, in the middle of the sheep pasture – favourite haunt of Little Owl, has been reduced to a pile of twigs – presumably by the strong winds of the other night. I was devastated! We continued on our walk, in somber mood and, other than a nice Fieldfare, saw little else of interest. This afternoon, to cheer my-self up, I went in search of the Glaucous Gull, reported on and off from Mundesley over the past few days. I eventually found it from the cliff-top path behind the church, before it moved steadily east along the coast towards Happisburgh. A very nice bird and an NENBC Year Tick.

1st Winter Glaucous Gull, Mundesley – quite a dark individual

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