Thursday 22 June 2023

Thursday 22nd June

High tide counts from the estuary included 290 Oystercatcher, 58 Curlew, 12 Redshank, including the first juvenile, 11 Mediterranean Gull, six ad & five fs, four Dunlin, three Ringed and two Grey Plover, two Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

Elsewhere 12 Sandwich Tern were offshore and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose was on the beach.

Brent Goose - Elizabeth Mulgrew

Linnet - Elizabeth Mulgrew

Wildlife News: Another hot day with many bees and wasps hyper-active in the sunshine, making close views and photography a challenge but several new species for the year were recorded, including three  nationally scarce wasps, Little Mason Wasp Microdynerus exilis, Dark-winged Digger Wasp Lestiphorous bicinctus and it's parasite Three-spotted Digger Wasp Nysson trimaculatus.

Little Mason Wasp - Alan Keatley

Three-banded Mason Wasp Ancistrocerus trifasciatus - Alan Keatley

Other species on the wing for the first time included Coastal Leafcutter Megachile martima, Common Yellow-faced Bee Hylaeus communis and the bee-mimic hoverfly Bumblebee Blacklet Cheilosia illustrata.

Bumblebee Blacklet - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere Red-eyed Damselfly were ovipositing at the Main Pond, a new Pyramidal Orchid is flowering in Greenland Lake, and the second generation of Speckled Wood have emerged.

Broad-bodied Chaser - Dave Jewell

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