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22nd August 2011: The tall grass has turned the colour of straw and is dying back. Leaves are falling rapidly from most of the trees, particularly quickly from the willows. I can see fox tracks again. The muntjac deer tracks and their beds are now clearly visible, too. Gaps have appeared in the walls of Himalayan Balsam stalks, allowing a better view down the River Stour. Honey bees are frantically gathering the last of the nectar from the remaining balsam flowers. At last, I can see the marsh animals again.
I saw two muntjac deer disappear into the wood alongside the corridor to the tenant farmer’s field. A kingfisher worked a section of the River Stour, immediately above the north weir. Unfortunately, the photographs I took of this beautiful bird were, to be blunt, rubbish! Buzzards circled overhead. Herons flew in and out of the heronry. I was caught off guard by a heron flying up from amongst the reeds in the North Pond and, yet again I marvelled at how good the heron’s camouflage is when it stands motionless in a pond.
At around midday the temperature soared and dragonflies appeared over North Pond.