Saturday 29 July 2023

Saturday 29th July

A two hour seawatch early morning saw single Balearic Shearwater and Storm Petrel head south along with 185 Gannet, 90 Kittiwake, five Arctic Skua, four Sandwich and a Common Tern and three juvenile Mediterranean Gull. On the sea 27 Common Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and a first summer Great Northern Diver.

The presence of a Garden Warbler along the Back Path, suggested at least some of the 13 Whitethroat and four Blackcap on site may also have been migrants. A roving flock of 20 Long-tailed Tit also contained at least five Chiffchaff and two Willow Warbler.

Elsewhere there were no records from the estuary but 28 Sanderling were on the beach.

Other Wildlife: A brief Red-veined Darter at the Main Pond was a highlight with a Golden-ringed Dragonfly, four Migrant and the first Southern Hawker of the year also recorded. Thirteen species of butterfly included a Painted Lady and a second generation Green-veined White

Golden-ringed Dragonfly - Alan Keatley

Southern Hawker - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Grey Squirrel was in Dead Dolphin Wood, and a nymph of the  ant like mirid Pilophorus perplexus was found on White Poplar by the railway, another first for the Recording Area.

Pilophorus perplexus - Alan Keatley

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