Saturday 6 August 2016

Saturday 6th August

Two juvenile Little Ringed Plover were the pick of the waders in the Bight amongst 137 Ringed Plover, 96 Dunlin, 35 Sanderling and 16 Turnstone. Also in the estuary 533 Curlew, 238 Sandwich Tern, 167 Redshank, 16 Whimbrel, nine Common Tern, six Greenshank, two Mediterranean Gull, a Bar-tailed Godwit and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere four Willow Warbler and a Wheatear were the only passerine migrants and a Kingfisher was on Finger Point.

 Little Ringed Plover - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: A female Pantaloon Bee Dasypoda hirtipes was a new species for the recording area today with other hymenoptera on the wing including Little Flower-bee Anthophora bimaculata and Silvery Leaf-cutter Megachile leachella.  Plenty of  common butterflies on the wing in the hot weather including a few Red Admiral, a couple of Peacock and a single Painted Lady around the Buddleia on Warren Point. Fewer dragonflies noted with only five Common Darter and a male Southern Hawker.

 Common Darter - Alan Keatley

 Red Admiral - Alan Keatley

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