Saturday 26 May 2018

Saturday 26th May

The first Spotted Flycatcher of the year pitched into the Cuckoo's Nest briefly before continuing northwards. Also on the move 42 House Martin, 39 Swift, 14 Swallow and a Sand Martin, the first two were worryingly the highest counts so far this Spring.

The thundery weather also dropped in some waders, most notably a flock of 54 Black-tailed Godwit, other counts included 328 Oystercatcher, 81 Sanderling, 61 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plover, seven Whimbrel, seven Bar-tailed Godwit and two Grey Plover. Elsewhere a single Little Tern was offshore with 10 Sandwich and three Common Tern, 10 Common Scoter and the two Eider.

Sedge Warbler - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Despite the overcast conditions several hoverflies were on the wing including the migrants Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus and Eupeodes luniger; Fluffy Dronefly Eristalis intricaria, Bumblebee Hoverfly Volucella bombylans, Baccha elongata and new for the Recording Area Epistrophe eligans.

Fluffy Dronefly Eristalis intricaria - Alan Keatley

Furry-claspered Furrow-bee Lasioglossum lativentre - Alan Keatley


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