Tuesday 23 August 2022

Tuesday 23rd August

Counts from the estuary included 386 Curlew, 147 Ringed Plover, 77 Sandwich and five Common Tern, 41 Mute Swan, 27 Dunlin16 Whimbrel, eight Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, four Meditteranean Gull and two Grey Plover, with 26 Sanderling on the beach.

Mediterranean Gull - Alan Keatley

A Sedge Warbler in Greenland Lake and a Willow Warbler in the Entrance Bushes were the best of the migrants on a quiet day for migrants, with 70 Linnet and a Wheatear on Warren Point.

Wildlife News: A female Heather Colletes C.succinctus was found nectaring on Heather near the Crocus Compound. A new bee for the Recording Area, following likely records on the Golf Course last year and an a pre-1969 unconfirmed NBN record.

Heather Colletes - Alan Keatley

Also recorded today, for the first time in many years, a Wesmael's Digger Wasp Crossocerus wesmaeli.

Wesmael's Digger Wasp - Alan Keatley

There were more hoverflies than of late with a notable influx of Common Twist-tail Sphaerophoria scripta and increase of  Compost Syritta pipiens and Marmaldae Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus. Other hoverflies including Batman Myathropa florea, Hornet Volucella zonaria, Superb Ant-hill Xanthogramma pedissequum and Tiger Helophilus pendulus, along with Pied Plumehorn Volucella pellucens, Glass-winged Syrphus S.vitripennis and three dronefly species.

Butterflies included a fresh Painted Lady and the usual Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Common Blue and Small Copper, although there has been a notable drop off of in numbers of Gatekeeper.

Painted Lady - Alan Keatley

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