Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 11th January

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The moment of break-through on the new spill-way at Felbrigg Lake

Acting on a tip-off from the digger man on Wednesday, I managed to time my afternoon walk around the lake yesterday with the break-through of the bank above the newly constructed wooden weir. Unfortunately, as they’ve had to lower the water-levels considerably during construction work, the water didn’t actually over-top the weir, but you can get the idea. Just the new timber bridge / board-walk to go in now and the job’s done. Nothing much different on the bird-front but I did enjoy watching the pair of wintering Stonechat busy feeding on the newly excavated spoil and the Wigeon – two pairs – were back on the water meadows. Bullfinch were present in good numbers with three down The Street, near Sawmill Cottage – two males and a female, there were two more males inside the park, near the hippo log, and Lee reported one along Red Barn Lane at roughly the same time.

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