Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 2nd October

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A pair of Stonechat on the rough grazing meadow below Felbrigg dam

It was a busy weekend with our Sustead Common Open Day on Sunday being the closing event for Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wildlife in Common Week’. The weather was OK – cool but at least no rain, and we had a steady trickle of visitors during the day. The ‘bio blitz’ total was over 150 by the end of the afternoon, but Perry Hampson added a further 16 to the total during his evening moth trapping session – several of those being potentially new for the site. Yesterday we were at Cley NWT – difficult to pick out the highlights, mainly because there weren’t any! A late Wheatear and a neck-ringed Pink-footed Goose providing the interest. This morning I did a walk around the park. The male Mandarin was again on the water meadow but no sign of the Pintail, which was reported yesterday on the lake. There were a dozen or so Meadow Pipit in the rough grazing below the dam and a pair of Stonechat along the fence line. This is the first multiple record since 2008. Difficult to tell whether the female was the same as the one a couple of days ago near the church, but I suspect not.

Male Mandarin with Snipe – water meadow

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