Pochard, 2 males & a female – Felbrigg Lake. My first here in well over a year!
The Easter long weekend was a total wash-out, literally – it rained continuously for most of the four days. We did manage to get into the park briefly on Saturday afternoon but had to beat a hasty retreat when we got caught in a heavy downpour. As a consequence, very little has been achieved on the birding front. Things weren’t a lot better at Cley NWT yesterday, with constant drizzle and very few birds. A colour-ringed Great black-backed Gull – too distant for me to read the numbers but possibly the bird ringed in Southern Denmark in 2010 and later seen in Germany, was the high-light. Today has been the first dry weather for ages and I did manage a brief walk in Felbrigg. The undoubted high-light of which were the three Pochard – one female and two males, on the lake. My first here in well over a year. I was well pleased. Other birds of note included at least one Red Kite drifting over the Great Wood and Aylmerton Common, Little Grebe ‘singing’ near the reed-bed and a dozen or so Teal and Tufted – including one hybrid amongst them. Several Chiffchaff were singing around the estate but still no sign of any other Spring migrants!
Red Kite over Felbrigg Great Wood and Aylmerton Common