Friday 22 April 2022

Friday 22nd April

The first Yellow Wagtail of the year, a calling male, flew low NE along the Dune Ridge, but other arrivals with limited to four Wheatear and two Willow Warbler. Elsewhere no smaller waders were present over the high tide with 18 Sandwich Tern offshore. 

Wildlife News: A far better return amongst flying insects with two long overdue new fly species, a Plain-winged Spring Bee-grabber Myopa testacea near the Railway footbridge and a Common Snout Hoverfly Rhingia campestris on a Dandelion by the Tractor Compound. 

Myopa testacea - Alan Keatley

Common Snout Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Other flies on the wing included a noticeable emergence of St Mark's Fly Bibio marci and the dance fly Empis femorata.

Empis femorata - Alan Keatley

A good count of six Orange-tip were also flying along with a Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum and a few Orange-tailed Andrena haemorrhoa and Sandpit Mining Bee A. barbilabris.

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