Saturday 20 May 2023

Saturday 20th May

Seawatching saw five Great Northern Diver head south early morning along with 65 Kittiwake, nine Manx Shearwater and six Canada Geese, also offshore the seven Eider and two Great Crested Grebe

Over the morning high tide 19 Black-tailed Godwit were unexpected, with other counts similar to recent days including 74 Sanderling, 37 Dunlin, 20 Ringed and four Grey Plover, 11 Turnstone, five Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Two Siskin overhead may have been the first post-breeding migrants, whilst the first juvenile Starling were around the Buffer Zone. 

Wildlife News: A male Vagrant Emperor along the Dune Ridge by groyne 10 early afternoon, was possibly the fifth record of the year, with the second Hairy Dragonfly of the year by the Main Pond. Also on the wing, three Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, a Cinnabar and several Yellow Belle.

New emergences included the Shiny-vented Sharp-tail Coelioxys inermis, Heath Bumblebee Bombus jonellus, Fairy-ring Longhorn Pseudovadonia livida, Asparagus Beetle Crioceris asparagi and Violet Black-legged Robberfly Dioctria atricapilla

Asparagus Beetle - Kevin Rylands

Shiny-vented Sharptail - Alan Keatley

Also recorded Spurge Bug Dicranocephalus agilis, Pretty Perita Arctosa perita, Coastal Silver Stiletto Acrosathe annulata and Brown Heath Robberfly Machimus cingulatus.

Pretty Perita - Kevin Rylands

Other records included the first plant of Annual Wall-rocket for at least five years, just two plants of Sea Holly on what is left of the desert at Warren Point, and also on the Point, the rare fungus Nectriopsis lecanodes, the lichen Diploschistes muscorum colonising Common Threadwort Cephaloziella divaricata and Crosswort.

Diploschistes muscorum - Kevin Rylands

Crosswort - Kevin Rylands

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