Monday 6 May 2024

Monday 6th May

A summer-plumaged Curlew Sandpiper was the highlight, arriving with small waders in The Bight on evening tide. The flock included 69 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover and nine Sanderling, there had been 42 of the latter over the morning tide. 

Also in the estuary single Common and Little Tern, 45 Whimbrel, 10 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, five Eider, three Knot and a Grey Plover.

Elsewhere six Great Northern and three Red-throated Diver were offshore; five Swift, three Sand Martin, two Little Egret and a Rook flew NE and two migrant Reed Warbler, singing in the Entrance Bushes and Buffer Zone.

Year list addition: 

149. Curlew Sandpiper

Other Wildlife: A second Hairy Dragonfly of the year was on the Golf Course but other discoveries were largely at ground level. 

A brief search (twitch) revealed the third Dune Wolf of the week in the same area, although it is presumably more widespread on site. The same small area of barely vegetated ground was also being stalked by the ground spider Micaria pulicaria, the first record for 35 years, Hairy Shieldbug and the zebra-like caterpillar of Orange Crest Helcystogramma rufescens.

Orange Crest Helcystogramma rufescens - Kevin Rylands

Elsewhere Small Adder's-tongue were picked out from their larger relative in Greenland Lake and Common Star-of-Bethlehem was in flower behind the Visitor Centre. 

Small Adder's-tongue - Kevin Rylands

Common Star-of-Bethlehem - Kevin Rylands

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