Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 1st October

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One of several nice Comma butterflies

I can’t believe it’s October. We’ve had such a good run of warm weather recently that it feels more like summer than it did in July!

The busyness continues at the village pond but I have managed to get into the park on a couple of occasions. Yesterday’s lunchtime walk produced a nice array of insects – there’s still Red Admiral, Large White and Comma butterflies on the wing and plenty of Common Darter dragonflies about too. I was delighted to find a nice male Migrant Hawker on the brambles along the middle path – they’ve been rather scarce this year. A couple of Swallow drifted east over the lake and the Kingfisher was showing well again, near the viewing screen. One of our resident Buzzards was on patrol over Aylmerton Common, on my way back up The Street.

Yesterday afternoon we attended a very pleasant NWT 90th Anniversary celebration for the volunteers. Whilst out on a guided tour of the grounds, I was delighted to spot a Great White Egret casually flying over. It brought back memories of the 24th October 2014, when I observed a GWE flying over Felbrigg!

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