Tuesday 25 October 2022

Tuesday 25th October

Little sign of the hoped for movement overhead with just eight Chaffinch, four Redwing, four Rook and two Grey Wagtail noted. A Swallow emerged from an unseen roost in the Entrance Bushes and headed south early morning with at least 25 Long-tailed Tit also departing a roost to fed in smaller groups across the site. 

Often found within these flocks, 11 Chiffchaff and eight Goldcrest, with a Cetti's Warbler was at the Main Pond and Greenfinch numbers down to 35 after yesterday's high count. 

Records from the estuary included 213 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, three Knot, three Pintail with the Wigeon, two Red-breasted Merganser and the Spotted Redshank. Also present a German-ringed Common Gull

Wildlife News: With the unseasonably warm weather continuing , insects are still active with plenty of Common and a few German Wasp nectaring on late flowering Ivy, in the company of a few remaining Ivy Bee

Also today, recorded for first time this year, the ichneumon wasp Apechthis compunctor, searching for butterfly and moth pupae in which to lay its eggs, and the less conspicuous Three-spotted Opomyzid Geomyza tripunctata, a tiny wing waving Picture-winged fly.

Apechthis compunctor - Alan Keatley

Geomyza tripunctata - Alan Keatley

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