Sunday 28 May 2023

Sunday 28th May

Another hot and hazy day, this combined with the low tide meant the assorted small wader flock on the mudflats, Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Sanderling were detectable but uncountable due to the heat haze, more obvious the Curlew and Oystercatcher, plus the single Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Earlier 75 Sanderling were on the beach with three Dunlin arriving in-off the sea.

Offshore some very light early morning movement with 16 Gannet, 13 Swift, five Manx Shearwater, three House Martin and two Swallow east, and eight Common Scoter and three Sandwich Tern in the bay.

Wildlife News: Again plenty of dragonfly activity around the Main Pond with six species including mating Red-eyed Damselfly and Broad-bodied Chaser and two Hairy Dragonfly, including a female ovipositing, a rare proven breeding attempt for the Warren.

Butterflies numbered just seven species including Brown Argus and a migrant Red Admiral with Silver Y again throughout site and a Portland Ribbon Wave.

Portland Ribbon Wave - Alan Keatley

Emerging insects today included Pied Plumehorn Volucella pellucens and Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria in the Entrance Bushes and several Common Spiny Digger Wasp Oxybelus uniglumis in Skipper Meadow.

Common Spiny Digger Wasp - Alan Keatley

Hornet Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Dingy Flat-body Depressaria daucella - Kevin Rylands

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