Thursday 18 May 2023

Thursday 18th May

Early morning 53 Sanderling and 35 Dunlin were feeding along the beach at high tide, with 24 Ringed Plover, three Greenshank and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose in the estuary, along with three Black Swan.

Black Swan - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a single Sand Martin flew through, 40 Shag, a pair of Eider and a Sandwich Tern were offshore, with both pairs of Little Grebe feeding young at the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: The recent spell of warm and dry weather is seeing a large variety of insects emerging, although for most species overall numbers remain low. At least 30 species appeared for the first time in 2023 including May Highflyer, Superb Ant-hill Hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum, Furry Dronefly Eristalis intricariusCommon Malachite Beetle Malachius bipustulatus and, in abundance, the soldier beetle Cantharis rustica.

Common Malachite Beetle - Alan Keatley

Cantharis rustica - Alan Keatley

In addition seven new species for the Recording Area were also discovered in the fine afternoon conditions, these included a Ribwort Plantain weevil Mecinus pascuorum, Ash Pod Gall Midge Dasineura acrophila, a Scots Pine sawfly Neodiprion sertifer, on a sapling by the Entrance Bushes, and Little Nomad Bee Nomada flavoguttata, the 75th bee species for the Warren.

Dasineura acrophila - Kevin Rylands

Neodiprion sertifer - Alan Keatley

Whilst the emergence of Southern Marsh Orchid is adding to the colour across the meadows, Rock Sea Lavender is starting to emerge on Langstone Rock and Bugle has re-appeared on site after a long absence. 

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