Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 5th January

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Stock Dove, feeding in our cottage garden – record shot, taken through my office window 

A walk yesterday afternoon through The Great Wood, Old Deer Park and The Heath produced…. practically nothing! A couple a Bullfinch in the shelter-belt on the way to Sexton’s Lodge, a few Coal Tit and Goldcrest, and a flock of a dozen or so ‘finch-like’ birds in the conifers at The Heath, which turned out to be Siskin – not the hoped for Crossbill, which were recorded in the park on New Year’s Day. There were no birds then, other than forty or so Common Gull feeding on the sheep pastures, until I reached the lake. Status quo prevails on the wildfowl front, with a handful of Wigeon, the two male Shoveler and seven Tufted, along with plenty of Teal, Mallard & Gadwall. I did see a Green Woodpecker on my way down The Street which, together with the Peregrine seen again roosting on Cromer church tower in the morning, provided the only two additions to my 2019 list since New Year’s Day. Possibly the best bird of the last few days has been the plucky little Stock Dove, feeding amongst the more boisterous Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove, in my cottage garden.

The ducks on the lake are getting in to full breeding plumage now – two male Teal




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