Friday 19 May 2023

Friday 19th May

Seawatching saw 11 Great Northern Diver south during the morning with a Puffin south the evening highlight. Also offshore around 100 Manx Shearwater in the bay, nine Sandwich Tern, a first summer Mediterranean Gull and the seven Eider.

Eider - Lee Collins

Wader passage was evident on the beach and in the estuary with counts of 101 Sanderling, including an Orkney 'Sanderbling', 56 Dunlin, 29 Ringed and three Grey Plover, 16 Curlew, nine Turnstone, five Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Turnstone - Lee Collins

Ringed Plover - Lee Collins

A Red Kite over early just after 7am was not a portent, being the only other migrant noted. 

Wildlife News: A single Silver Y and a couple of Marmalade Hoverfly were the only migrant insects, Flavous Nomad Bee continue in high numbers and the first Common Tubic (Geoff) Alabonia geoffrella was on the wing.

Common Tubic - Lee Collins

A number of galls were also noted today, including those of the Ground-ivy leaf gall wasp Liposthenes glechomae, a new species for the Recording Area. 

Liposthenes glechomae galls - Kevin Rylands

Others included those of the mite Aceria brevipes on Sea-purslane and the gall wasp Neuroterus quercusbaccarum on Turkey Oak.

Aceria brevipes galls - Kevin Rylands

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum gall - Kevin Rylands

An unusual berry of redcurrant galls preventing a catkin from forming, they usually appear in one or twos on a hanging catkin. Neuroterus quercusbaccarum also forms spangle galls on the underside of oak leaves later in the year.

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