Saturday 7 September 2019

Saturday 7th September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight with 110 Ringed Plover, 76 Dunlin and 18 Knot over the high tide. Also in the estuary 26 Sandwich Tern, 11 Mediterranean Gull, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver was offshore and migrants included 80 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 19 Meadow Pipit, a Yellow Wagtail and a Buzzard overhead and seven Wheatear, seven Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler in the bushes.
Curlew Sandpiper - Alan Keatley
Wildlife News: Two Clouded Yellow were on the wing with the first Ivy Bee Colletes hederea of the year, a Phantom Cranefly Ptychoptera contaminata and at least 14 hoverfly species including Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria, Hook-banded Wasp Hoverfly Chrysotoxum festivum,  Common Spotted Eupeodes Eupeodes luniger and Superb Ant-hill Hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum.

Hook-banded Wasp Hoverfly Chrysotoxum festivum - Alan Keatley

 Ivy Bee Colletes hederea - Alan Keatley

Phantom Cranefly Ptychoptera contaminata - Alan Keatley

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