Wednesday 10th October

It was reported to be the warmest October day for a few years and there were a few butterflies taking advantage, a few Small Copper on the reserve and in the garden, I counted 8 Red Admirals on one plant. Also a few Common Darter dragonfly were hunting through the swarms of insects.
Two young swans were paying a visit, could be from a previous brood, one on the fishing pond and one on the long pond , which proved to be a bad choice, as it was being harassed by the resident female, see photos.
Teal are now here,and in the early morning enjoy sitting around the edges of the various small islands in the long pond, to catch the warmth of the sun.
A Cormorant on the fishing pond had eaten too much this morning it was too heavy to take off, see photo.