Saturday 10 June 2023

Saturday 10th June

The welcome break in the weather, no doubt influenced some expected and some unexpected June passage. The former was an arrival of 15 Mediterranean Gull during the day (11 fs, two ss and two ad) in off the sea, whilst a male Tufted Duck and a Little Ringed Plover flew south offshore.

Also offshore, 14 Common Scoter, six Sandwich Tern, a Great Northern Diver south and an immature male Eider off Langstone Rock.

(Red) Knot - Alan Keatley

Few signs of movement though over the high tide, with counts from the Bight including 22 Ringed and six Grey Plover, 16 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin, sixes of Bar-tailed Godwit and Turnstone, three Knot and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose. With water levels dropping rapidly, the Mute Swan family have deserted the Main Pond, safely reaching Shutterton Creek.

Grey (Black-bellied)  Plover - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Stock Dove was again around the bushes, a family of five Raven were on Warren Point, three Moorhen broods are present on the Main Pond where the first two fledged Reed Warbler of the year were also present.

Wildlife News: The much needed rain lessened the activity of flying insects today but 11 Red Admiral showed signs of continued migration. A number of moths were found on vegetation, including a migrant Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana on Warren Point and several others new for the year.

Crescent Plume Marasmarcha lunaedactyla - Alan Keatley

Bright Neb Argolamprotes micella - Alan Keatley

Willow Beauty - Alan Keatley

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