Thursday 1 June 2023

Thursday 1st June

A late spring influx of waders again today with a summer plumaged Little Stint in the Bight amongst 68 Sanderling, 56 Ringed Plover and nine Dunlin. Also present 220 Oystercatcher, 37 Curlew, 18 Grey Plover, 11 Turnstone, five Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrel and a Knot.

Elsewhere 16 Black-headed Gull, a Sandwich Tern and an immature male Eider offshore, the Dark-bellied Brent Goose in the estuary and no late migrants in the bushes with birds busy collecting food for nestlings or fledged young.

Wildlife News: The first day of summer and a subtle change in insect variety with solitary wasps starting to appear, Early Mason-wasp Ancistrocerus nigricornis and Wesmael's Digger Wasp Crossocerus wesmaeli resting on foliage and Leaden Spider Wasp Pompilus cinereus hunting across bare sand. A queen Hornet Vespa crabro and Silvery Leafcutter Bee Megachile leachella also made their first appearances of the year. 

Broad-barred Fleckwing Dasysyrphus venustus - Alan Keatley

Newly emerged hoverflies included Burdock Blacklet Cheilosia impressa, Broad-barred Fleckwing Dasysyrphus venustus, Small Spotty-eyed Dronefly Eristalinus sepulchralis and Common Pipiza P. noctiluca

Thistle Ermine - Alan Keatley

Other orders were represented by a Thistle Ermine, Alder Leaf Beetle, Hairy Dragonfly at the Main Pond, a Meadow Brown and the first Bee Orchid are now flowering.

Alder Leaf Beetle - Alan Keatley

Bee Orchid - Alan Keatley

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