Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 26th April

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A singing Yellow-browed Warbler (found by AB) was too good an offer to resist!

Yesterday didn’t turn out as I’d expected. I had planned an early morning walk along Cromer east cliffs but a WhatsApp message from Andy, announcing a singing Yellow-browed Warbler at North Repps, was too much to resist. I got to the site pretty quickly but on arrival no birders and no bird! Twenty minutes later and I’m just about to give up when Andy drives past saying that the bird is further up the road, in a Hawthorn hedge. It was easily located, as it called frequently with an occasional burst of song, but much more tricky to see. I eventually got on it just before it decided to head along the hedge towards the village at increasing speed. Finally lost to view, a few minutes later. A later than planned walk along the cliffs to the golf course produced very little except a superb male Stonechat – possibly of the continental race rubicola. Felbrigg Park produced mostly the same stuff as on recent visits – Ring Ouzel, Common Sandpiper, lots of Sand Martin and a single House Martin – my first in the park for 2019.

A superb male Stonechat – Cromer golf course

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