Saturday 13 May 2017

Saturday 13th May

The first Yellow-legged Gull of the year, a third calendar year bird, was on Finger Point with a drake Wigeon also in the estuary. Counts over the high tide included 51 Dunlin, 33 Sandwich Tern, 26 Sanderling, 12 Grey Plover and 10 Whimbrel. Elsewhere 14 Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver flew south offshore and a Red Kite flew east over Warren Point.

Wildlife News: A number of migrant insects were present including two Painted Lady and several Red Admiral, along with the migrant hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus and Eupeodes corollae. However despite these the presence of a Vagrant Emperor on Warren Neck late morning was still unexpected. This is the first confirmed Recording Area record for this North African dragonfly.

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