Aylmerton Nature Diary

Saturday 11th June

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Common Spotted Orchid, Felbrigg Park

We arrived back from Stansted at 4.00 this morning, after a fabulous wildlife week in Northern Greece – highlights on TrevorOnTour in due course. Pleased to see two Barn Owl hunting along the verge of the A149 as we drove in, not so pleased to come to, three hours later, to the sound of a Cuckoo calling close by – I couldn’t get back to sleep after that! As I went to Cromer shopping I noticed a Swift ‘prospecting’ one of the House Martin nests on a house on Church Road – it returned to the nest on several occasions as I watched it. Never seen this behaviour in Swift before. Managed to get around the park late afternoon – too late for the hoped for dragonflies reported by Simon earlier. I did get brief views of a ‘red darter’ but not good enough to confirm Red-veined Darter. There seems to have been an explosion of Red Admiral – I saw at least a dozen in the shelter-belt. There’s a nice display of orchids near the top sluice, including a Heath Spotted – which I was told about by a gentleman who seemed to know the difference between it and the more numerous Common Spotted.

Heath Spotted Orchid

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