Saturday 25 June 2022

Saturday 25th June

Counts from the estuary continued to reveal the start of return wader passage with 207 Oystercatcher, 168 Curlew, 14 Redshank, four Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, three Dunlin,  two Whimbrel and two Greenshank. Also present 14 Sandwich Tern51 Black-headed and an adult Mediterranean Gull

Offshore 30 Gannet13 Manx Shearwater, two Common Scoter and a Common Tern.

Wildlife News: Morning showers and a blustery south-westerly reduced insect activity, even in the usual sheltered spots. However at least 10 butterfly species were seen battling the elements, including RingletSmall Tortoiseshella couple of fresh Comma and three migrant Painted Lady.

Comma - Alan Keatley

Also on the wing Red-legged Spider-wasp Episyron rufipes, Coastal Leafcutter Bee Megachile maritima and the hoverfly Broad-banded Epistrophe Epistrophe grossulariae.

Broad-banded Epistrophe - Alan Keatley

Red-legged Spider-wasp - Alan Keatley
Elsewhere a Fox was seen on the Golf Course early morning, a Sand Lizard was on the Dune Ridge and an Emperor Dragonfly was defending the Main Pond.

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