A Morning Full Of Wildlife

 

A restful wander in The Walks, the historic park in the centre of King’s Lynn, provided the climax to an excellent morning of wildlife watching, today, June 26th.

As we strolled along the section of the Gaywood River, which runs through the Walks, we spotted the flashing blue of the wings of a male banded demoiselle. A shiny green female was closeby and both perched conveniently for us. We saw two males resting on wildflowers at the water’s edge and a third flew a circuit round us.

We spent an enjoyable few minutes in the warm sunshine watching the demoiselles fly back and forth along the river.

The female banded demoiselle.

Several butterflies were near the riverside – we saw two small tortoiseshells and a bit later, in a grassy area, a ringlet.

There were numerous mallards and a moorhen, plus a handful of black-headed gulls on or near the water. Quite a large group of mallards was under some huge willow trees preening or resting when we arrived.

As we were leaving, a grey squirrel just off the edge of the path stopped as we approached as if it were thinking what to do. It looked up at a giant tree in front of it. Should it go up? After a bit more hesitation, it started to climb, but not all that far. It paused and looked about before moving slightly round the far side of the trunk. I quietly went round the opposite way and there it was. It realised I was there and moved back to the other side of the trunk. We repeated these steps a couple of times more. The game of hide and seek made me smile: I can’t speak for the squirrel!

The Walks has provided relaxation for the people of King’s Lynn for at least 200 years. In its 42 acres stands the 15th century Red Mount Chapel as well as parts of the old town defences, which include the Grade II* listed, late 13th century Guannock Gate.

The Grade II* listed Guannock Gate.

Some of the land in the Walks has been left to go fairly wild to support wildlife while other parts are more manicured.

Along by the Gaywood River in The Walks.

Before going to town four red admirals and three small tortoiseshells came into our sunny back garden. They visited the buddleia bush and some wild flowers and lavender. One red admiral settled on nettles in the corner. I know both these butterflies lay eggs on nettles, so I wonder if they may leave some on ours? Mind you, if the rain forecast for our area over the next few days does come along, the insects could be washed away!

A small tortoiseshell takes nectar from the lavender.

And, finally, on a grassy area just round the corner from our house, we saw a pied wagtail as we drove to town. I haven’t seen one of these around Reffley for some time.

 

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