Saturday 24 June 2023

Saturday 24th June

A seawatch for the first three hours saw two Balearic and a Manx Shearwater fly south with 148 Gannet, 36 Common Scoter, 23 Mediterranean Gull, mostly first summers, 21 Kittiwake and nine Sandwich Tern.

Elsewhere a Grey Wagtail overhead was an early autumn migrant with counts from the estuary including 264 Oystercatcher, 97 Curlew, two Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and Grey Plover, with single Greenshank and Redshank.

Wildlife News:Mason-wasp Satellite Fly Amobia signata loitering with intent on leaves at the Cuckoo's Nest was a new species for the Recording Area. 

Amobia signata - Alan Keatley

Nearby Bee-wolf Philanthus triangulum have emerged in numbers in the Buffer Zone alongside several male Armed Digger Wasp Crabro cribrarius. Many Minute Digger Wasp Diodontus minutus were active along parts of the Back Path, usually close to rabbit scraps, nesting on vertical slopes.

Bee-wolf - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Grey Squirrel behind the Crocus Compound was another early autumn migrant, a new Pyramidal Orchid has emerged along the Dune Ridge and two Roesel's Bush Cricket were on the estuary bank. 

10 species of butterflies were on the wing including a fresh Small Tortoiseshell on Warren Point with six dragonfly species including several Red-eyed Damselfly including multiple mating pairs on the Main Pond.

Black-tailed Skimmer - Alan Keatley

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