Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 8th April

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Swallow returned to Park Hall Farm yesterday

The generally dismal weather has continued throughout the weekend. We did manage to get on to Sustead Common and Thwaite Common yesterday afternoon – seeing some nice birds. On the way there I was surprised to see a Swallow, sat on the wires at Park Hall Farm – presumably one of the returning ‘resident’ birds. I’d only just seen my first ‘migrant’ Swallow of the year, with the Loose-enders Group, at West Runton in the morning. On the drive over to Thwaite we found a pair of Grey Partridge near the church at Thurgarton and when we got there a singing Willow Warbler was a real bonus. This afternoon was the ‘official launch’ of The Birds of Felbrigg Park, up at the Hall. It drizzled on and off and was decidedly wintering  but, amazingly, up to six Hawfinch were on show for almost all of the time we were there! We sold £100 worth of books and recruited several new members to the Club, not a bad reward for our efforts.

Grey Partridge – in wheat field, Thurgarton


Willow Warbler singing on Thwaite Common


Today, at the official launch of The Birds of Felbrigg Park, up to six Hawfinch kept us entertained in the trees behind The Hall. iPhone record shot of just one, was all I could manage

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If you haven’t bought your copy yet you’d better get a hurry-up, they’re selling fast. Available to non-NENBC Members from Reception at Felbrigg Hall, priced £9.95. All profits go to Norfolk wildlife charity Felbeck Trust

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