Saturday 23 July 2022

Saturday 23rd July

Offshore the first Balearic Shearwater of the autumn moved east with five Manx Shearwater ahead of rain, with 45 Gannet and 10 Common Scoter

Elsewhere the first Garden Warbler of the year was in Greenland Lake with 10 Blackcap, whilst a mobile tit flock included a Treecreeper, 25 Blue and 19 Long-tailed Tit.

Counts from the estuary included 377 Oystercatcher, 374 Curlew, 202 Redshank, 45 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 40 Whimbrel, 25 Mediterranean Gull, 17 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, seven Greenshank, five Turnstone and four Bar-tailed Godwit with 51 Sanderling and three Common Sandpiper on the beach.

Wildlife News: The overcast weather and occasional light shower reduced insect activity, although a new fly for the Warren was discovered, the larvae nicely sheltered in a gall, Wild Carrot Gall Midge Kiefferia pericarpilcola.

Kiefferia pericarpilcola - Alan Keatley

A few more hoverflies, in so-far a poor year, included a couple of Marmalade Episyrphus balteatus and Tiger Helophilus pendulus along with Bumblebee Blacklet Cheilosia illustrataCommon Paragus P. haemorrhousCommon Twist-tail Sphaerophoria scripta, Furry Dronefly Eristalis intricaria and Slender Melanostoma M.scalare

Large Sharp-tail Bee Coelioxys conoidea - Alan Keatley

The dull weather hit the butterflies with only Gatekeeper in any numbers but a day-flying Jersey Tiger was noted. Late news of a Clouded Yellow yesterday. Offshore flat conditions allowed for sightings of  Harbour Porpoise, Bottle-nosed and Common Dolphin.

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