Saturday 2 September 2023

Saturday 2nd September

A roving flock of tits around the sallows held many of today's migrants with 12 Chiffchaff and a Reed Warbler amongst 15 Blue, 13 Long-tailed and six Great Tit. Also on site, the bramble scrub held five Whitethroat, four Blackcap and two Garden Warbler with two Grey Wagtail, two Meadow Pipit and a Siskin overhead.

In the estuary 20 Wigeon were in Shutterton Creek with counts from the Bight including 105 Dunlin, 55 Ringed Plover, 22 Sandwich Tern, 18 Sanderling, two Black-tailed Godwit and single Knot and Turnstone.

Elsewhere four Balearic Shearwater flew south, a Great Crested Grebe was on the sea and a Hobby flew through just off seawall early morning, flushing a Kingfisher which it then tried to catch, the Kingfisher survived by diving into sea to avoid capture. It or another was on the Main Pond later. 

Other Wildlife: Small White were the most numerous of the seven butterfly seen today, no doubt migrants along with the four Red Admiral and a Painted Lady. Moths noted included several Silver Y, Yellow Belle and Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer Agriphila geniculea.

Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer - Alan Keatley

Also on the wing four Migrant Hawker, a couple of Common Darter and, at the Main Pond, two Small Red-eyed Damselfly.

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