Thursday 26 October 2023

Thursday 26th October

Overhead vismig included four Redwing W at dawn, a rather tardy first for the autumn, along with  446 Woodpigeon, attracting a juvenile Peregrine, and 240 Jackdaw, biggest flock 55, all before 10:30. Finches, pipits and Skylark were mostly local grounded birds with six Chiffchaff and a Blackcap on site.

In the estuary at low tide 255 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, hundreds of Wigeon departed the saltmarsh towards the Exmouth refuge, the drake Common Scoter and a Sandwich Tern.

Other Wildlife: Fewer insects in the cool, but bright autumn conditions, with three species of dragonflies, Migrant and Southern Hawker and a few Common Darter but only one butterfly, a lone Red Admiral

Common Darter - Alan Keatley

A new fly for the Recording Area was however on the wing, the strange beetle-like grass fly Camarota curvipennis.

Camarota curvipennis - Alan Keatley

Four species of shieldbug were active with Dock Bug, Gorse, Hairy and, more unusually, a Knobbed Shieldbug, along with the jumping spider Euophrys frontalis aka the White-palped Jumper.

Euophrys frontalis - Alan Keatley

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