Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 19th June

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A pair of Common Blue Damselfly

After mowing the grass at the allotment this afternoon, I took a stroll around Felbrigg Park, hoping to find a few dragonflies. Not for the first time this summer the weather was rather mixed, with occasional periods of sunshine – bright enough to create shadows, but mostly it was warm and cloudy. I did find three dragonfly species – Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers and Emperor, together with three Damselflies – Common, Azure and Blue-tailed.

What I assume is a rufescens-type female, Blue-tailed Damselfly

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On the bird front, not a great deal to report. The best birds on the lake being a couple of female Mandarin, a pair of Tufted and an unexpected male Pochard in partial moult. There was a juvenile Grey Wagtail feeding on the dam wall and a Red Kite drifted over the water meadow. A couple of Reed Warbler occasionally gave brief bursts of song from either side of the top sluice path.

Proof-positive that Grey Wagtail have again bred at Felbrigg

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On the way back up the lane I saw a couple of Muntjac grazing in the rough meadow – Aylmerton Common, I now discover it’s called on a few early maps. Not sure if either was our visitor from a couple of days ago.

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