Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 10th January

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Winter thrush numbers, including Redwing, have increased at Felbrigg since New Year

The weather these past few days hasn’t been particularly conducive for birding but I did make an effort to get out yesterday. First I checked the stand of Larch along the western shelter-belt for Crossbill, but to no avail. I did come across several small groups of winter thrushes dotted about the park on my walk from the Old Deer Park to the sheep pastures near the church. I counted four Mistle Thrush, 25 Redwing, 19 Blackbird and a couple of Song Thrush in all. There were a few Common Gull feeding in the fields and the usual assortment of wildfowl on the lake and water meadows – though I couldn’t find any Wigeon. Work on the new spill-way has picked up again after the Christmas / New Year break and, talking to the contractors, they say they’ll be done by tomorrow afternoon. That, I assume, just leaves the foot-bridge across the new out-flow to go in. It’ll take quite a time then for the legendary ‘dragon corner’ to re-establish itself and, having now isolated the original sluice, it will be interesting to see the impact on Grey Wagtail, which were always attracted to the area of fast running water under the pipe. Overall though the scheme should have a positive effect on the wildlife.

Work on the new spill-way at Felbrigg Lake is nearing completion

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