Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 23rd April

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A walk along Cromer East cliffs on Saturday produced several newly-arrived Whitethroat

Our Easter weekend finished, in glorious weather, with a day’s volunteering at Cley NWT. Some great birds around, though it has to be said I managed to miss the best of them – Wood Sandpiper and Garganey! Happily, I did add a few year ticks, including: Whinchat, House Martin, Whimbrel and Spotted Redshank. The day had begun with an early morning visit to Felbrigg, where the highlights included a brief touch-down of a White Wagtail on the water meadows, my first singing Reed Warbler in the reed-bed and two splendid male Ring Ouzel. We called in at Cromer church yesterday late afternoon and found the female sitting – we were due another egg early evening – and the male snoozing on the south east pinnacle. Arriving home, we found our first returning Swallow, sitting on the wires outside the cottage – better late than never! Off this morning to help-out Norfolk Rivers Trust with a bird survey of their recently created integrated wetland in West Norfolk.

These hybrid Tufted x Ferruginous Duck keep dropping in on Felbrigg Lake


Other wildlife interest in the park included my first Small Copper of the year


A nice home-coming – our ‘resident’ Swallow returns


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