Sunday 11 June 2023

Sunday 11th June

A quiet WEBS count as to be expected in June with counts limited to 32 Oystercatcher, 15 Sanderling, six Grey Plover, five Dunlin, four Bar-tailed Godwit and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Elsewhere an Arctic Skua was offshore with four Mediterranean Gull, two Sandwich and a Common Tern, with the first fledged Whitethroat on site with the single Stock Dove and Coal Tit still present.

Wildlife News: A day of notable dragonfly migration, in species if not number. A probable male Red-veined Darter was briefly at the Main Pond, further searches drew a blank but did reveal two Four-spotted Chaser, the first since 2009, and a male Scarce Chaser, the second site record, the first since 2008.

Also on site a Golden-ringed Dragonfly, half a dozen Red Admiral and Silver Y, the first Little Flower Bee Anthophora bimaculata and Wool Carder Bee Anthidium manicatum of the year and offshore a Grey Seal

Phyllocnistis xenia - Kevin Rylands

Further discoveries included Rosemary Beetle, the leaf mines of Kent Bent-wing Phyllocnistis xenia on White Poplar and the larvae of the sawfly Nematus lucidus, a new species for the Recording Area, were feeding on Blackthorn.

Nematus lucidus - Kevin Rylands

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