Thursday 28 September 2023

Thursday 28th September

Still many seabirds in the bay, with early morning counts of 335 Kittiwake, 225 Gannet, five Balearic Shearwater, five Arctic Skua, five Mediterranean and a 1cy Little Gull.

Also moving early morning the first two Lesser Redpoll of the year overhead along with 70 Meadow Pipit, 17 Swallow, 16 House Martin, nine Siskin, two Rook and a Grey Wagtail. Grounded migrants included 75 Linnet on Warren Point, 14 Chiffchaff, four Blackcap, three Goldcrest, two Reed Bunting and a Wheatear.

Elsewhere 440 Wigeon, 76 Pale-bellied and two Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the estuary, with a 2cy Little Gull, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and an Osprey.

Other Wildlife: Few insects today, but some started to make an appearance in the afternoon, with Ectophasia crassipennis, Chalk Snail-killer Dichetophora obliterata and a pair of mating Ivy Waspgrabber Leopoldius signatus

Six species of butterfly included Red Admiral and Painted Lady, whilst hoverflies included Parsley Blacklet Cheilosia pagana, Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea and Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus

Tiger Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Parsley Blacklet - Alan Keatley

A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

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