Aylmerton Nature Diary

Monday 28th January

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The new spillway at Felbrigg Lake – working at last

Most of my weekend was taken-up with NWT ‘Wildlife in Common’ events and follow-up. Today I was at Cley until mid-afternoon. A moderate north-westerly wind brought pulses of sleety rain, the occasional sunny period and temperatures hardly creeping above zero. Nevertheless there were a few interesting birds about; a superb male Hen Harrier flew west along the shingle bank mid-morning, a flock of forty Snow Bunting and a lone female were also on the shingle and a male Goosander flew in off the sea and headed across the reserve. It was still light enough when I got home to have a quick excursion into the park. Three Bullfinch were in evidence down the lane. Once in the park, almost all the duck were on the water meadows – including two new young male Shoveler and a single Egyptian Goose, and there were five Snipe in the rough grazing below the dam. A group of nine Tufted Duck were pretty much the only birds on the lake itself, where the water levels are now back to normal after the last few days worth of rain. The new sluice is finally working, with a steady flow of water down the newly created spillway, though the pedestrian bridge is still under construction, so the footpath across the dam remains closed.

Snow Bunting on the shingle bank at Cley this afternoon – iPhone photo

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