Saturday 23 September 2023

Saturday 23rd September

The low high tide reduced the number of small waders in the Bight but two Curlew Sandpiper were with 62 Dunlin and 54 Ringed Plover. Ten Common and seven Sandwich Tern also dropped into the Bight and an Osprey was hunting over Bull Hill.

Elsewhere a Balearic Shearwater was offshore early morning, overhead single Grey Wagtail, Siskin and 45 Meadow Pipit, with three Wheatear on site along with 10 Chiffchaff, four Blackcap, a Willow Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Blackcap - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: A calm, warm autumn day with a strong movement of 75+ Red Admiral and a few Large and Small White during the morning, with three Painted Lady and two Clouded Yellow on site. Amongst the dragonflies was a Southern Hawker in Greenland Lake.

Southern Hawker - Alan Keatley

Other flying insects included the first Marsh Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus hybridus of the year and Field Buff Snailkiller Tetanocera elata were also in Greenland Lake.

Marsh Tiger Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Field Buff Snailkiller - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere two Harbour Porpoise were off the seawall.

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