Red Kite over Felbrigg
It was a much more interesting day for birds in the park yesterday than of late. Wildfowl numbers are creeping up – more of them are now on the water meadow because the construction work on the weir has commenced. There were seventy odd Gadwall, over a hundred Teal, three Shoveler, six Wigeon, a single Tufted and the usual Mallard flock, of course. Little Grebe were on the lake and a Water Rail squealed from Boathouse Bay. The pair of Egyptian Geese are commuting between their prospective nest-site, over towards the church, and the water meadow. On the rough grazing below the dam there was a small flock of Meadow Pipit, the now ‘resident’ pair of wintering Stonechat and a lone Snipe. A Red Kite soared slowly overhead as I walked down towards Sustead Common, were the Siskin flock was busy feeding in the Alders and five Bullfinch were working their way along the western perimeter of Spurrell’s Wood. A skein of 180 Pink-feet flew south east, between Felbrigg and Sustead. Some nice birds but unfortunately the poor light making photography practically impossible – still you can’t have it all!
Male Shoveler, on the lake yesterday morning
Work on the weir has started – the foot-path across the dam is temporarily closed