Aylmerton Nature Diary

Friday 21st July

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Hornet feed on the sap of an Oak tree – Felbrigg Park

There’s a large Oak tree along the western shelter-belt which has been ‘bleeding’ sap for most of the summer – it’s a favourite feeding spot for Red Admirals. I took a look this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find that Hornet have also adopted it. On the bird front there’s little change but more of the resident species were showing themselves, particularly in Common Plantation, where there was a calling Nuthatch, a family party of Long-tailed Tit and several Great Spotted Woodpecker, including at least one juvenile. There were no other wildfowl on the lake other than Mute Swan, Mallard and Moorhen. At Sustead Common this afternoon there was a nice selection of butterflies – Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Peacock, Comma, Small and Spotted Skipper and plenty of Large White. Also a nice Brown Hawker dragonfly.

Red Admiral, in the early morning sun

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There were several Comma at Sustead Common this afternoon – here the underwing pattern with the white ‘comma’ marking clearly visible

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