Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 9th February

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Adult breeding Cormorant, Felbrigg Lake. There were a lot moving west at Cley on Monday. The white flank spot and head-frosting being particularly evident on this individual

It’s been a cold, wet, wintery week here. Not bad enough though to deter the loyal band of Felbeck Trust volunteers from doing some more useful work at Spurrell’s Wood on Wednesday. I did manage to get into the park this morning – very wet under front and very few birds of note. I spent some time around the Hall looking for Hawfinch but without success. I did locate a feeding flock of winter thrush on the sheep pastures – 50+ Redwing and 30 Fieldfare. The former always less approachable than the latter – hence no photos. At the lake, the recent cold snap has had the opposite to the desired effect – driving duck off rather than attracting them in. I counted 15 Tufted Duck – including the two hybrids, the usual 70+ Gadwall and a few Teal. No Wigeon. It doesn’t bode well for tomorrows Loose-enders group walk or the National Trust filming this weekend – we’ll have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Optic fibre comes to Felbrigg Hall – I’ll have to see if I can tap into their cable – just joking!

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