Large Skipper, Aylmerton Pond
Having mowed the new grass path around the western edge of the village pond at lunchtime, I was keen to get back there this afternoon to see what wildlife was about. To my delight there were at least four species of butterfly using the newly created ‘hot-spots’ – Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood and Large Skipper, my first of the year. Encouraged by the upturn in insect activity, I continued on into Felbrigg and down towards the lake. At the Warren I bumped into Simon, who told me he’d just seen a Red-veined Darter – a scarce migrant dragonfly from southern Europe. After half an hour of ‘no show’ I decided to check out the grazing meadow below the dam for the Cuckoo, seen by Perry this morning. On the top path, close to the gate, I saw a medium-sized ‘red’ dragonfly which I assumed was probably the ‘target’. Looking at the photos this evening I think that my id is correct – but, as always, I’m happy to be advised otherwise. Also of interest at the lake, female Mandarin and the Tawny Owl was still in the shelter-belt.
Male Red-veined Darter, Felbrigg Warren