Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 5th April

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Mute Swan still on the nest at Felbrigg – despite the awful bank-holiday weather

I was busy with Felbeck Trust and allotment stuff up until mid-afternoon yesterday. A couple of people had reported both Swallow and Sand Martin from Felbrigg over the past  two days 😦 so, despite the imminent arrival of yet another heavy shower, I headed off for a quick whiz round. Predictably there were no obvious migrants to be seen and the lake was very quiet – just a dozen Tufted, a couple of pairs of Gadwall and the Pochard still. The female Mute Swan was still on her nest – she’s been there for the past ten days, despite the awful bank-holiday weather. As I got to The Warren I did come across some migrants – a group of eight Meadow Pipit, with three more over the water meadow – not quite what I was hoping for but interesting to se.e nonetheless. The Teal were busy and noisy on the water meadow – there’s still close on twenty left. On my way back up the lane I noticed a kettle of raptors over the edge of the Great Wood, drifting south – three Buzzard and three Red Kite.

Sundog over Aylmerton

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