Tuesday 25 July 2023

Tuesday 25th July

A low high tide produced fewer waders, but these did include three Common Sandpiper and the two summer plumage Knot in the Bight, with single figure counts of Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Sanderling and Shelduck. Also around the estuary/beach, 27 Mediterranean Gull, 17 Sandwich and a Common Tern.

Mediterranean and Black-headed Gulls - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Common Snipe in Marram on Warren Point was an early arrival, with a Kingfisher at the Main Pond and single Sedge and Willow Warbler further signs of post breeding movement. 

Other Wildlife: Apart from a lone shower, it was a warm and relatively sunny day with light winds, ideal for insect activity. Ragwort was the main attraction for a wide selection of nectaring wasps, bees and flies, including White-zoned Furrow Bee Lasioglossum leucozonium, a summer generation Gooden's Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana, Flecked Snout Nemotelus notatus, Wasp Plumehorn Volucella inanis and Four-banded Bee-grabber Conops quadrifasciatus.

Flecked Snout - Alan Keatley

Four-banded Bee-grabber - Alan Keatley

A Migrant Hawker on Warren Point was the first for the year, and presumably a migrant, along with a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and a few Red Admiral and Silver YElsewhere two Grey Seal were on Bull Hill and two Water Vole and a Common Shrew were at the Main Pond.

Migrant Hawker - Alan Keatley

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