Aylmerton Nature Diary

Monday 8th October

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Tail-end of the Beeston Bump Barred Warbler yesterday! – for a great photo see Jane Crossen’s, on the NENBC Gallery

Well, as predicted, the Migration Workshop at Cley on Saturday was a bit of a wash-out. We stayed in the centre, doing the ‘theory ‘ stuff as long as I dared, then we had lunch and finally braved the weather for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Brief views of Jack Snipe, a fly-over Ring Ouzel and a few of the regular waders was the best I could come up with. A sea-watch yesterday morning, following the ‘big blow’, produced a few birds of interest – Great Skua, a couple of late Sandwich Tern, Great Northern Diver, a few Kittiwake, loads of newly arriving Brent Geese and my first Rock Pipit of the winter. The weather also produced a smattering of late migrants, the best of which for me was a Barred Warbler at Beeston Bump and some fresh-in Brambling at Trimmingham. Highlights of a late afternoon visit to Felbrigg, to finish the day off, included the pair of Stonechat – not sure where they’ve been hiding recently, a few more Wigeon & Gadwall, nice views of Water Rail in the gloom near the viewing screen and a skein of Pink-feet flying back to the coast to roost. A better birding weekend than of late, but rubbish photos!

The female Stonechat in the reed-bed at Felbrigg yesterday evening

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