Working backwards, I opted for a quiet potter around Wheatfen on Sunday, and arrived to find their busiest day of the year in full flow, Swallowtail Day. I tagged on the end of a guided walk and got to see 3 or 4 Swallowtail Butterflies, my first this year. Someone had also spotted a freshly emerged Elephant Hawkmoth, a cracker as always. The reserve was buzzing, Gropper reeling and 2 Cuckoo calling whilst at the Swallowtail site. I had a quick chat to the warden David Nobbs before leaving, lovely chap, he told me that Red Kites are being seen every week and a Spotted Flycatcher has been in the cottage garden. Wheatfen is such a special place, I look forward to whiling away a few Summer's days here again this year.
Last week, Thursday night, I joined Norwich Bat Group for the annual UEA Bat Hunt. The weather was a little breezy, but not too cold and thankfully for the first time this year, the Bats delivered. A full set of results can be viewed here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/147767281/Norwich-Bat-Group-Walk-UEA-Broad-13th-June-2013. Thanks to Stuart for taking the time to analyse the recordings.
A quick plug for the Norfolk Bat Survey: If you haven't already done so, it is not too late to sign up and help ascertain just what species are in 'your' 1km square. Details here: http://www.batsurvey.org/.
Digging further back into the archives, on Monday the 10th Debs and I shared in a proper wildlife experience at Church Marsh when 2 Fox cubs emerged from an earth. The light was fading and despite revisiting we have not yet encountered the cubs again. Still, magical stuff.
To finish, a few recent highlights that we did manage to photograph!
Surlingham Fox Cubs
Surlingham evening sky
Common Spotted Orchid