Aylmerton Nature Diary

Tuesday 20th September

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Flowering Honeysuckle, The Street

It’s all calmed down again after the weekend weather and ensuing glut of interesting birds – mostly along the coastal strip. However, I enjoyed a leisurely morning walk in Felbrigg this morning. First bird of interest was a Siskin, calling in the trees by the back gate. The Barn Owl was out again, hunting over the water meadow and the Cormorants were leaving their roost and head north towards the coast. As I approached the lake, the Kingfisher appeared from near the reed bed and flew, calling, to a perch below the dead trees near the viewing screen. No sign of any Wheatear at The Warren or on the sheep pastures. I did see a Little Grebe at the dam end of the lake though, they’re proving very elusive this autumn so far. My attention was drawn to a flowering Honeysuckle in the hedge on my way up the lane – an important food plant for White Admiral which, incidentally, I failed to see in the park this summer – the first time for a few years. It’s not been a great summer for butterflies though, so perhaps not that surprising.

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