Saturday 17 July 2021

Saturday 17th July

Counts from the estuary included a Little Ringed, four Grey and three Ringed Plover, 356 Curlew60 Redshank35 Sandwich and seven Common Tern, 29 Dunlin26 Whimbrel, eight Mediterranean Gull, four Knot, two Sanderling, a Greenshank and a Turnstone.

Sanderling - Garry Hayman

Elsewhere the second Nuthatch of the year was in the Entrance Bushes and the summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver was off Langstone Rock

Wildlife News: The first Wool Carder Bee Anthidium manicatum for the Recording Area were on the Lamb's-ear near the Go-karts, with Hairy-saddled Colletes Colletes fodiens, Coastal Leafcutter Megachile maritima and Little Flower Bee Anthophora bimaculata also active in the hot weather. 

Wool Carder Bee - Alan Keatley

The first Marbled White of the year was one of 15 butterfly species recorded including Small Skipper, Comma and Ringlet with seven dragonfly species including Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the Main Pond, a Black-tailed Skimmer and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly. Large numbers of Marsh Helleborine are in flower across the site and Meadow Vetchling was rediscovered after an absence of over 30 years. 

Marbled White - Alan Keatley

Small Red-eyed Damselfly - Alan Keatley

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