Thursday 15 August 2019

Thursday 15th August

Small wader numbers had declined overnight, with counts of 220 Dunlin, 58 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling and a Turnstone. Other counts included 810 Oystercatcher, 322 Curlew, 243 Redshank, 182 Sandwich and three Common Tern, 19 Whimbrel and six Greenshank. Other migrants included two juvenile Willow Warbler and a Wheatear.

Wildlife News: There were double figures of Painted Lady on the wing with several Common Blue, Large and Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood alongside two Red Admiral, a Wall and a Brown Argus.

Wall - Alan Keatley

Over a dozen hoverfly species were on the wing; predominantly Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea, Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax and Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, with lesser numbers of Tapered Dronefly Eristalis pertinax, Stripe-faced Dronefly Eristalis nemorum and Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta. Others included Common Spotted Eupeodes Eupeodes luniger, Large Pied Hoverfly Volucella pellucens, Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria, Thick-legged Hoverfly Syritta pipiens, Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus, Slender Melanostoma Melanostoma scalare and Small Spotty-eyed Hoverfly Eristalinus sepulchralis.

Long-winged Conehead - Alan Keatley

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