Saturday 22 April 2023

Saturday 22nd April

The highlight was the fourth spring record of Ring Ouzel, a smart male that was at Langstone Rock briefly early morning before heading off inland. The 19th Warren record overall. Other summer migrants included nine Willow Warbler, two Whitethroat and two Reed Warbler with two House Martin and a Swallow overhead.

In the estuary 63 Bar-tailed Godwit, including several in brick-red summer plumage, 42 Whimbrel, 24 Grey Plover, 16 Sandwich Tern, five Little Egret, two Dark-bellied Brent Geese and single Greenshank, Sanderling and Turnstone.

Wildlife News: The cold wind and overcast conditions meant insects on the wing were limited to Buff and Red-tailed Bumblebee, Common Carder Bee, the ubiquitous bluebottle Calliphora vicina and the fly Fucellia tergina, performing their wing-flicking displays along the strandline.

The highlight was the first confirmed south Devon record of the nationally scarce rove beetle Bledius (spectabilis) frisius for at least 70 years, with two of the distinctive males on the shore of the Bight. An inter-tidal specialist, the species has been long suspected as present, but only females had been found previously.

both Bledius frisius - Kevin Rylands

Along the beach the geotube beetle traps held Dune Scarab Aegialia arenaria, the ground beetle Clivina fosser, the darkling Phaleria cadaverina and the nationally scarce clown beetle Hypocaccus rugifrons.

Elsewhere a few Sand Crocus flowers remained tightly furled, Small Adder's-tongue is starting to emerge and the first Lackey caterpillar nests of the year were found.

Lackey Moth - Kevin Rylands

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