Tuesday 8 August 2023

Tuesday 8th August

An Irish ringed third cy Roseate Tern on Finger Point over high tide was the highlight, roosting amongst 57 Sandwich Tern, two Mediterranean Gull and a Common Tern

Also around the Bight; 55 Dunlin, 54 Ringed Plover, 15 Sanderling, five Turnstone, four Grey Plover, a Shelduck and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

An early morning seawatch saw two Storm Petrel off the seawall, with 30 Kittiwake, a Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe.

After a dull morning a few warblers stated to appear as the day warmed up including a couple of Willow Warbler, with a passing Wheatear in the Bight.

Willow Warbler - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: Butterflies were in low numbers with no Red Admiral for the first time in a while. A Short-horned Yellow-face Bee Hylaeus brevicornis in Greenland Lake was the first of the year, with other species of note including Common Yellow-faced Bee H. communis, Gooden's Nomad Bee Nomada goodeniana and Pantaloon Bee Dasypoda hirtipes.

Short-horned Yellow-face Bee - Alan Keatley

Also new for the year, the ground beetle Pterostitus niger and the moths Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella and Common Slender Gracillaria syringella.

Common Slender - Alan Keatley

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