Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 14th February

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Egyptian Goose on the water meadows at Felbrigg yesterday

Had my last walk out into the park with grandson Patrick before he went back home yesterday. It was still bitterly cold in the wind – more sheltered in the cafe though! Still no real change on the bird front but I was interested to see that the number of Coot on the lake has doubled – to two! The lone Egyptian Goose was on the water meadow. Normally by this time they would be breeding – Egyptian Geese have never really re-set their biological clocks since being introduced into Britain a couple of centuries ago, they must still think that they are in the Med. This one lost it’s mate at the end of last year and has obviously failed to attract another.

Coot numbers have doubled – to two!

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