Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 17th September

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Red-veined Darter – Felbrigg Park

After yesterdays rain it took a while before the ground began to dry out and the sun to appear. By the time I’d had lunch it was just beginning to feel like there might be a prospect of some insect action, so I took a walk down to Felbrigg Lake in search of the reported second emergence of Red-veined Darter. It wasn’t long before I’d seen my first and eventually I’d counted half a dozen. Apparently, unlike the spring migrants, males are basically the same colour as the females – both being most reliably identified by the blue bottom half to their eyes.

The latter half of the afternoon was spent searching out and attempting to photograph the ‘female type’ Redstart, present for it’s fourth day at least, in the gorse clump between the Hall and the Lake.

Another view of Red-veined Darter, showing blue lower half to the eyes

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Female type Redstart still in gorse, Felbrigg Park

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