Aylmerton Nature Diary

Wednesday 24th October

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Mediterranean Gull – 1st winter, over the sheep pastures, in front of Felbrigg Hall

Monday was a quiet day at Cley NWT. Yesterday I birded the coast locally, with friends, trying to catch up on the weekend’s bonanza. We managed two out of the three but the Brown Shrike turned out to be a one day wonder. We spent a couple of hours in the park in the afternoon with very little action until a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull flew over our heads, as we walked across the sheep fields.  This morning I had a meeting at Sustead Common so walked there and back through the park. Plenty of birds around including newly arrived flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing – up to a hundred on the fields above the water meadows, Meadow Pipits aplenty – at least 28 between the water meadows and the rough grazing below the dam, all the usual stuff on the lake – including the Wigeon and male Mandarin, and, best of all, Jack Snipe which took off from the edge of the Scarrow Beck near the Weaver’s Way crossing, quickly landing back near the outflow. If this is the same bird as in mid-September I can’t imagine where it’s been hiding. I also had another male Yellowhammer, in the hedge below the dam – second bird in a week.

Record shot of Jack Snipe

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Fieldfare and Redwing arriving in good numbers this morning

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