I first walked down to Carey's Meadow in Norwich to take some photos of the Bee Orchids i had seen in bud last week. While there a Brown Hawker flew through and i also saw my first Meadow Brown of the year. With the day warming up i thought it would be worth a trip to Strumpshaw to look for Dragonflies and Butterflies. Normally I'm over optimistic about what i might see but today i saw far more than i expected, 6 species of dragonfly, 5 species of damselfly and 12 species of butterfly. A Norfolk Hawker was the pick of the dragonflies and Swallowtail best of the butterflies. Bird wise i heard all of the normal warblers inc. Grasshopper Warbler but only saw Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler and Sedge Warbler. From the Tower Hide, a Hobby, 2 Common Tern and a distant Bittern in flight were the birds of note for the day.
July 17th Mousehold Heath
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