Saturday 20 July 2013

Saturday 20th July 2013

Counts from the estuary continue to increase slightly day by day with 104 Dunlin, 52 Sanderling, 29 Great Black-backed Gull, nine Mediterranean Gull, eight Redshank, eight Ringed Plover, three Bar-tailed Godwit and two Turnstone, with the Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood. Elsewhere it was quiet with just a couple of Common Tern, including a presumed first summer, offshore amongst the Sandwich Tern.

Details of a darvic rung juvenile Sandwich Tern seen this morning have already been received.  White N-50 was rung in the nest on 25th June at Markenje, near Ouddorp, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands. Many thanks to Pim Wolf and the Tern Team for the information.

View Sandwich Tern 20 July 2013 in a larger map
Wildlife News: A total of 14 species of butterfly were recorded today including Small Skipper, now scarce on site, Brown Argus, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. There have still not been any sightings of Green Hairstreak, Ringlet or Marbled White on the Warren this year. Also on the wing good numbers of Six-spot Burnet, at least one Five-spot Burnet, a single Silver Y and several Black-tailed Skimmer
Black-tailed Skimmer 20/07/13  © Lee Collins

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