Saturday 9 July 2022

Saturday 9th July

The highlight was the first Coal Tit of the year in the Entrance Bushes, with the first three autumn Sand Martin through. Other species are still breeding with family parties of Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Whitethroat.

There was more movement in the estuary with minimum counts of 53 Sandwich Tern, including a high percentage of 13 juveniles, and 48 Mediterranean Gull including at least five juveniles. Also in the Bight a single Common Tern, a first summer Common Gull and an adult Kittiwake.

Waders counts over the afternoon tide included 248 Curlew, 228 Oystercatcher, 41 Redshank, six Whimbrel, five Dunlin, four Ringed Plover, four Bar-tailed Godwit, four Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

Wildlife News: The hot weather saw lots of hyperactive insect activity, with many sheltering during the heat of the afternoon. Dragonflies put on a good showing with seven species seen. The highlight were three Black-tailed Skimmer, including a pair were seen mating at the Main Pond, the species last bred here in 2009 and this is the first multiple count since July 2013. Other species included the first Common Darter of the year, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly along the Dune Ridge and at least two Small Red-eyed Damselfly at the Main Pond.

Black-tailed Skimmer - Lee Collins

Also a good total of 16 butterfly species were on the wing including a Marbled White along the Dune Ridge and hundreds of Gatekeeper, along with Comma, Holly Blue, Red Admiral and Ringlet. The daily tally should have been 17 but a probable Purple Hairstreak on the Golf Course would not show. Good numbers of Six-spot Burnet were around Greenland Lake and the first adult Brown-tail moth was on Warren Point.

Ringlet - Dave Jewell

Also recorded today a Sand Lizard on Warren Point, a large aggregation of nesting Beewolf on the Golf Course, a Patchwork Leafcutter hid amongst dozens of Coastal and Silvery LeafcutterBatman, Hornet and Large Pied Hoverfly were on the wing and large numbers of Marsh Helleborine in flower.

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