Stonechat, possible 1st w female – my third in Felbrigg this year
I’ve got badly behind with my NENBC Index of Relative Abundance (IoRA) surveys recently, so yesterday afternoon I decided to squeeze in a Quarter 3 (Q3) visit to Felbrigg. Starting at two o’clock wasn’t ideal but the best I could do. I recorded 37 species, the highlights of which were: the male Mandarin, still hanging-out with the Mallard flock – I’d seen it earlier in the day fly past the office window!, three Snipe along the lower reaches of Scarrow Beck, a skein of 18 Pink-feet flying over the hall and ‘bird of the day’ – a female / immature Stonechat along the fence-line at the side of the track, east of Felbrigg church. This was quite a surprise – a relatively early date and the third at Felbrigg this year!