Monday 31 July 2023

Monday 31st July

The first summer Great Northern Diver remains near Langstone Rock with a Storm Petrel, five Arctic Skua and nine Common Scoter also offshore.

Great Northern Diver  - Alan Keatley 

Counts from the estuary included 204 Curlew, 149 Redshank, 50 Ringed Plover, 44 Whimbrel, 20 Sandwich Tern, 13 Sanderling, six Mediterranean Gull and two Shelduck.

Other Wildlife: Overcast conditions followed by early afternoon rain dampened insect activity to just a handful of butterflies. An Ant Damsel Bug Himacerus mirmicoides found shelter beside the railway with a Wesmael's Digger Wasp Crossocerus wesmaeli and the first Looped Flutter Fly Palloptera mulibris of the year resting up from the inclement weather in the Entrance Bushes.

Ant Damsel Bug (late instar nymph) - Alan Keatley

Wesmael's Digger Wasp - Alan Keatley

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