Monday, 31 May 2021

Monday 31st May

The highlight was the 18th site record of Nightjar, a male seen a couple of times during the day and leaving its unknown roost there at 21.45. The first record since August 2015 but late news of the 17th record means it was actually only the first sighting for a week! A Hobby flew east early evening with two juvenile Coal Tit and a Lesser Whitethroat on site. Fledged young included Bullfinch, Chiffchaff and Great-spotted Woodpecker

Counts from the estuary included 179 Oystercatcher, 22 Mute Swan18 Sanderling16 Shelduck, five Dunlin, three Turnstone, two Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrel and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose. 

Wildlife News: The change to dry, sunny weather has seen a welcome increase in insects with Common Blue particularly noticeable. Several new species for the year were also on the wing including Ferruginous Bee-grabber Sicus ferrugineus, Large Pied Hoverfly Volucella pellucens, White-clubbed Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastriSilvery Leafcutter Megachile leachella and Muslin Moth

Ferruginous Bee-grabber - Alan Keatley

Meliscaeva auricollis - Alan Keatley

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