|Banded Demoiselle - female|
|Banded Demoiselle - male|
|Pectoral Sandpipers at Titchwell|
|Redshank at Snettisham|
Mixed, unsettled weather was the theme for the last quarter, mainly cloud but the sun was making a last ditch effort to hang around, especially in October. November brought the first frost. December was notable for heavy, damaging storms, and being the windiest December on record. The last quarter of the year saw bird totals down, with expert opinion deciding that the milder weather and plentiful food was keeping migration back. The Winter wildfowl were starting to turn up with Goldeneye; Smew and Pintail all showing well. Redwing; Snipe and Water Rail were being seen on regular occasions. The last butterfly of the year, a lone Red Admiral, was seen mid-November. The last damselfly was seen in mid-October, a Common Blue, whilst the last dragonflies were the Common Darter and the Migrant Hawker, last seen mid-November. The only other insect to add to the list was a sighting of a Parasitic Wasp seen in the James Hide in Amwell.
|Poplar Hawk Moth|
|Nagging - not just a human thing!|
The commonest bird of the year was the Magpie, inevitably, appearing on all 81 visits. The commonest Mammal was again inevitably, the Rabbit, seen 37 times. Commonest Butterflies were the Comma; Large White and the Peacock with 27 sightings. The commonest Damselfly was the Common Blue making 28 appearances with the Brown Hawker dragonfly being seen 22 times. The common Bee was the most seen insect.
So, all in all, a very good year. Roll on 2014.