With the nights drawing in ever earlier it’s been heartening to see the last vestiges of this years insect population still on the wing. My rarity filled visit to Cosmeston on Sunday will be remembered as much for the mating Common Darters as for a wayward Turtle Dove. Although the internet tells me that the former is often seen well into November I can’t recall personally having observed one so late, and certainly not on such a mild day.
While on the subject it’s also worth mentioning that my (neglected of late) patch delivered two Red Admiral butterflies just over a week ago as well as a rather decent fungi display. I’ll be back out to check on both again in a couple of days time, as well as to try and get a few final species onto my Patchwork Challenge list. Wish me luck.