Thursday 27 July 2023

Thursday 27th July

Few waders on show in the Bight on the low high tide with just a Turnstone, four Grey and three Ringed Plover with the Oystercatcher, although a flock of 47 Sanderling were feeding on the beach. Also in the estuary 24 Sandwich Tern and two Mediterranean Gull

Sanderling - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere another fledged brood of Stonechat in Greenland Lake and a Willow Warbler in the Cuckoo's Nest.

Other Wildlife: A Bloody-nosed Beetle Timarcha tenebricosa next to the path at Langstone Rock, was a first for the Recording Area, a not unexpected, but nevertheless welcome addition to the Warren's fauna. Also there was a shieldbug tachinid Ectophasia crassipennis and on Wild Carrot, a few galls of the midge Keifferia percarpiicola.

Bloody-nosed Beetle - Alan Keatley

Ectophasia crassipennis - Alan Keatley

Another new, somewhat smaller, beetle was found near the Visitor Centre, Aphanisticus pusillus, a jewel beetle with both Lesser and Tawny Cockroach present as well as several Slender-horned Leatherbug Ceraleptus lividus.

Aphanisticus pusillus - Kevin Rylands

Other insects included Angle Spot and Cream-spot Ladybird, Long-winged Conehead, Great Green Bush Cricket and several Compost Hoverfly Syritta pipiens, the first for the year and possibly migrants. A summer generation Wall on the Dune Ridge was the pick of today's butterflies and the first Blackening Waxcap of the year have appeared.

Syritta pipiens - Alan Keatley 

Wall - Alan Keatley

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