Saturday 27 May 2023

Saturday 27th May

The most obvious migrant today was surprisingly Mute Swan with four south offshore early morning and another five south from the estuary latter on. Also offshore an Arctic Skua harassing Kittiwake late morning, 13 Common Scoter, three Sandwich Tern, a third summer Mediterranean Gull, an immature male Eider and single Great Crested Grebe and Great Northern Diver.

Elsewhere a late Willow Warbler was considered to be the of the acredula race, a Jay flew over the Entrance Bushes, the first Moorhen brood hatched at the Main Pond and in the estuary at high tide, 88 Sanderling (on the beach), 25 Ringed Plover, 23 Curlew, 11 Dunlin, five Grey Plover, a Whimbrel and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Wildlife News: The highlight was a male Red-eyed Damselfly at the Main Pond, a first for the Warren and the 27th Odonata species for the Recording Area. A possible Scarce Chaser at the Dune Pond would have only been the second record if confirmed. Four other species were noted including the first Emperor of the year.

Red-eyed Damselfly - David Flack

The first Alexanders Conch Aethes deaurana of the year was around the Car Park, other moths included a Cream-spot Tiger on Warren Point, with Yellow Belle, Yellow Shell and a few migrant Silver Y across the site, a White-clubbed Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri was also a migrant, but other insects remained scarce. 

Aethes deaurana - Kevin Rylands

The first Blue-eyed Grass are staring to flower, with Ragged Robin also out amongst the Southern Marsh Orchid in Greenland Lake. A fourth Green-winged Orchid of the year was found by the Main Pond.

Common Blue - Kevin Rylands

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