Wednesday 10 October 2018

Wednesday 10th October

The Osprey was again over the estuary with wildfowl counts including 439 Wigeon, 228 Teal, 61 Brent Geese and a Shelduck. Wader numbers included 1408 Oystercatcher, 385 Curlew, 185 Redshank, 21 Dunlin, 15 Grey Plover, 12 Knot, nine Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit and six Greenshank.

Osprey - Dave Jewell

Elsewhere three Balearic Shearwater flew south and two Great Northern Diver were off the seawall. 

Wildlife News: Despite the return to Summer temperatures the insect activity was rather disappointing with only a few Red Admiral on the wing and a couple of Speckled Wood in the Entrance Bushes. Also flying six Common Darter, four Migrant Hawker and a very late Blue-tailed Damselfly. Hoverflies included the migrant Scaeva pyrastri, as well as Eristalis nemorum and Helophilus pendulus on the few remaining aster flowers.

 Migrant Hawker - Alan Keatley

Helophilus pendulus (The Footballer) - Alan Keatley

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