Monday 18 September 2023

Monday 18th September

Two adult Spoonbill were present over the morning high tide with a Ruff, five Sandwich Tern and an Osprey from Cockwood Steps at low tide but no other news received from the estuary. 

Elsewhere the immature male Eider was off Langstone Rock, five Sanderling and two Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach with four Chiffchaff and a House Martin the only migrants on site.

Other Wildlife: After yesterday's torrential rain insects were taking advantage of a sunny and warm day, with areas sheltered from the breeze harbouring numerous species. 

Twin-spot Centurion, a late flying soldier-fly, was near the Main Pond, with Long-winged ConeheadField Digger Wasp Mellinus arvensis, several Bee-wolf, the increasingly recorded fly Ectophasia crassipennis and the Scorpion-fly Panorpa germanica

Twin-spot Centurion - Alan Keatley

Long-winged Conehead - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was nectaring along the beach, several male Ivy Bee were nectaring on Michaelmas Daisy, with the Ivy still to flower. and numerous butterflies of at least eight species were on the wing including eight Red Admiral and a couple of Painted Lady.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth - Alan Keatley

Painted Lady - Alan Keatley

A excavated Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris nest in Greenland Lake was perhaps a sign of another Badger on site.

Common Wasp - Alan Keatley

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