Thursday 25 May 2023

Thursday 25th May

A summer plumaged Little Stint in the Bight was the highlight, showing continued spring wader passage, other counts included 53 Sanderling, 38 Dunlin, 33 Ringed Plover and 19 Turnstone with the Dark-bellied Brent Goose also in the estuary. 

Elsewhere an immature male Eider was offshore along with a pair of Shelduck escorting three young chicks towards the estuary. Other breeding signs included a pair of Long-tailed Tit were feeding young in the nest near the First Pond and Little Grebe continuing to try to keep their young away from a Grey Heron at the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: A Hairy Dragonfly was again along the track by the Main Pond with a Broad-bodied Chaser in Greenland Lake, whilst new emergences included Turnip Sawfly Athalia rosae and Blood-vein moth.

Turnip Sawfly - Alan Keatley

Also on the wing Furry Dronefly Eristalis intricarius, Red-banded Sand Wasp Ammophila sabulosa, just five species of butterfly and the moths Common Tubic Alabonia geoffrella, Common Carpet and a couple of Yellow Shell.

Furry Dronefly - Alan Keatley

Yellow Shell - Dean Hall

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