Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 4th August

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Hornet, feeding on Red Currant jelly 

I can’t believe it’s August already and it appears that the bulk of the village Swifts have gone already! I was pleased to find this magnificent insect inside my Peelie Bin, gorging itself on Jane’s left over Red Currant jelly, at the weekend. Hornets don’t seem to have been as common this year – certainly I’ve failed to find any nests, unlike previous years.

Took a stroll down to Felbrigg Park this morning. Plenty of woodland birds in evidence including, Nuthatch, two species of Woodpecker, Jay, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove etc. Very little on the Lake but I did see the female Mandarin and a Cormorant. As I was scanning from the dam end, I saw a bird flitting about in a nearby Chestnut –  I watched it darting out from the tree canopy and it became obvious that it was a Spotted Flycatcher. It was feeding a fully fledged youngster. As I moved further along the dam I disturbed a Grey Wagtail, which flew around the lake, being  joined by a second bird, before finally alighting at the far end by the reed bed. On my way back I called in to see Richard for an update on the Estate Yard pair of Spotted Flycatcher, which apparently are still sitting – proof positive I think of a second pair, in successive years.

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