Saturday 31 July 2021

Saturday 31st July

A Merlin heading south offshore early morning was the least expected sighting, the first record for the month and only four ever August records. Also out to sea seven Arctic, six Common and a Little Tern.

Counts from the estuary included 266 Curlew, 202 Redshank, 69 Dunlin, 56 Sandwich and two Common Tern, 43 Whimbrel, 30 Ringed Plover, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Greenshank, five Bar-tailed Godwit, two Grey and a Little Ringed Plover, and at least one juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

juvenile Caspian x argentatus hybrid or Yellow-legged Gull - David Flack

Elsewhere 17 Sanderling were on the beach, seven Common Sandpiper were on the base of Langstone Rock, two Stock Dove were on Railway Saltmarsh; single Sedge Warbler, Teal and a Water Rail were at the Main Pond, five Willow Warbler were on site and a Wheatear was in the Bight.

Sanderling - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: Despite the overcast conditions at least 12 species of butterfly were on the wing including Painted Lady and the second brood of Brown Argus. The first Warren Patchwork Leafcutter Megachile centuncularis was nectaring on Narrow-leaved Everlasting-pea, several Pantaloon Bee Dasypoda hirtipes were on the flowering Cat's-ear and new species for the year included Jersey Tiger, Migrant Hawker, Common Frog, the digger wasps Crossocerus podagricus and wesmaeli, Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea and Chrysogaster solstitialis.

Crossocerus podagricus - Alan Keatley

Chrysogaster solstitialis - Alan Keatley

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