Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 10th April

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Brambling, flushed from garden feeders, as I made my way down The Street

Highlight from Cley NWT yesterday, on an otherwise cold and damp day, included two Spoonbill, which flew east circling North Foreland Wood at mid-day, two adult Mediterranean Gull, barely visible through the morning mist, and a superb, near-summer plumaged Water Pipit, just outside Teal hide, mid-afternoon. This morning I walked through the park to a meeting at Spurrell’s Wood. As I reached the Oak trees, between the middle track to the lake and the Hall, there was a cacophony of sound rising out of the mist. As I looked, I could see a mixture of several hundred Starling, Redwing and Fieldfare, perched in the upper branches. I made my way towards the Stable Block and could see a lone bird sat atop a tree near the car park – it looked bigger in the mist than I was expecting but, nevertheless, it was a Hawfinch. As I scanned the trees behind the Hall I could see at least another four birds or so. Down at the lake I was struck by how few birds there were. Just a handful of Mallard, a few Moorhen, the pair of Mute Swan, seven Tufted – including one hybrid and, best of all, a pair of Little Grebe close to the edge of the reed-bed. Four Swallow were swooping over the water before heading off north east. On my way down the lane I flushed a handsome male Brambling from one of the garden feeders – there’s still plenty of these birds about, in isolated groups along the coastal belt.

Little Grebe, Felbrigg Lake – hopefully here to breed

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