Saturday 18 June 2022

Saturday 18th June

The most unexpected sighting was a female Black Redstart at the expected location of the Go-karts early morning, not surprisingly the first June record. This was closely followed by the third Cuckoo of the year on Warren Point.

Black Redstart - Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included the first Greenshank of the autumn, 208 Oystercatcher, 98 Curlew, 12 Whimbrel, five Redshank, four Bar-tailed Godwit, two Grey and Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and, in the saltmarsh, two Stock Dove.

Elsewhere 70+ Swift were overhead, at least two broods of Whitethroat are on the wing and offshore 68 Manx Shearwater, 23 Sandwich Tern, six Common Scoter, four Mediterranean Gull and a Great Crested Grebe

Wildlife News: The nationally scarce Silver Spiny Digger Wasp Oxybelus argentatus was on the edge of Dead Dolphin Wood, the first site record for over 30 years. Other natoable hymenoptera on the wing included Coast Leafcutter Megachile maritima and Large Sharp-tailed Bee Coelioxys conoidea.

Silver Spiny Digger Wasp Oxybelus argentatus - Alan Keatley

Ten species of butterfly included the earliest ever Ringlet and the first Gatekeeper of the year along with several Painted Lady. Further signs of migration included large numbers of Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus and several White-clubbed Glasswing Scaeva pyrastri. Other species on the wing included Bumblebee Hoverfly Volucella bombylans, Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea and Broad-banded Epistrophe Epistrophe grossulariae.

Ringlet - Alan Keatley

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