Monday 23 July 2018

Monday 23rd July

The first Balearic Shearwater of the autumn flew south late evening with 30 Manx Shearwater and several Mediterranean Gull. In the estuary at least 52 Mediterranean Gull were on Bull Hill mid morning with 34 there in the evening, the degree of turnover is not known. other counts from the estuary included 540 Oystercatcher, 96+ Sandwich and two Common Tern, 43 Dunlin, including the first juvenile, 20 Ringed Plover, five Black and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Wildlife News: A Clouded Yellow flew in off the sea at John's Watch and continued north up the estuary. Two recent additions to the Warren species list. are depicted below the Hornet Beetle Leptura aurulenta, a dead wood specialist and the tachinid fly Dexiosoma caninum, a parasite of Cockchafer beetles. 

 Hornet beetle - Steven Fuller

Dexiosoma caninum - Alan Keatley

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