Saturday 8 July 2023

Saturday 8th July

The wet weather and strong southerly breeze brought some skuas offshore during the morning, but little else. A flock of four Pomarine Skua went S (at 11:26), with 28 Common Scoter and 18 Gannet south and feeding offshore, two Arctic Skua and the first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull of the year.

In the estuary 44 Sandwich Tern, 15 Mediterranean Gull and two Common Tern were around the Bight, with 20 Dunlin, four Grey Plover, two Ringed Plover, including the first juvenile, a Bar-tailed Godwit and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose. In the saltmarsh, 62 Redshank, six Whimbrel, four Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.

The bushes were quiet, although a roaming flock of 14 Long-tailed Tit around the Main Pond included five Chiffchaff; overhead 47 Swallow, 35 Swift and three Sand Martin.

Wildlife News: Two Painted Lady were the first for several weeks, with a Red Admiral and several White-clubbed Glasswing Scaeva pyrastri also likely migrants.

White-clubbed Glasswing - Alan Keatley

Other records included a Golden-ringed Dragonfly along the Dune Ridge and 10 Common Dolphin offshore.

Parsley Cheilosia  C.pagana - Alan Keatley

Six-spot Burnet - Alan Keatley

Vapourer Moth caterpillar - Alan Keatley

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