|The Meadow Trail|
|Peacock feeding on the Bog Bean|
Along the river, I spot a mother pheasant with a few fluffy chicks. They don't look very old, perhaps a day or two since they hatched. I also got to see common blue butterflies and the twayblades are looking fantastic now.
It is another bank holiday this week and we are keeping the children busy with yet another activity trail for the children to do. It includes a set of butterflies with a letter on the back of them for them to find. They could also build a bug home which they can take home with them.
|Hunting for butterflies on the activity trail|
|Building a bug home|
Reception Hide was busy this morning. An otter with a cub was swimming along the far reedbed for a few minutes before climbing ashore and vanishing into the reeds. A bittern flew over the same area and dived into a reedbed by the far left channel. Reed buntings, swallows, swifts, pochards, marsh harriers, the family of mallards and the family of coots were also about today.
|The Mallard family|
The rare factor and the fact they are so stunning to look at is probably why so many people are coming to Norfolk from as far away as New York just to see them. But the smiles on their faces after they do find one makes it all worth helping fulfill their butterfly dreams. Just as I was about to leave for home, a swallowtail returns to the nectar garden and to make sure everyone sees it, I call out loudly "Swallowtail!!" and a crowd quickly circles round it. Even a couple who had been searching all morning without seeing one and were just about to cross the railway line to leave, ran over and got to see their first swallowtail. I was giving a lot of praise and handshakes with delighted smiles on their faces for that. A swallowtail does that to people. It will happen all over again throughout the next few weeks with the car parks full of swallowtail watchers.