Thursday 6 July 2023

Thursday 6th July

An unseasonal Red-breasted Merganser was in the estuary with the Dark-bellied Brent Goose and counts of 47 Redshank, 26 Sandwich and two Common Tern, six Dunlin, three Greenshank, three Whimbrel and two Grey Plover.

Elsewhere a Sand Martin flew through and two Sparrowhawk have fledged, only the second breeding for the Recording Area. 

Wildlife News: Despite the windy conditions hymenoptera were active around the Cuckoo's Nest and other sheltered areas. Species recorded included the first of the second brood of Short-fringed Mining Bee Andrena dorsata, a Large Sharptail Coelioxys conoidea and the digger wasps, Dark Fly Fox Ectemnius continuus, Six-spotted Wasp Cuckoo Nysson trimaculatus and Four-banded Digger Wasp Gorytes quadrifasciatus.

Nysson trimaculatus - Alan Keatley

Ectemnius continuus - Alan Keatley

Gorytes quadrifasciatus - Alan Keatley
Short-fringed Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

Hoverflies of note today included the big three Plumehorns, Bumblebee Volucella bombylans, Hornet V. zonaria and Pied V. pellucens. Just eight species of butterfly including single Ringlet and Red Admiral.

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