Thursday 5 October 2023

Thursday 5th October

The surprise bird of the day was a single Egyptian Goose south over the Entrance Bushes early morning, also moving 51 Meadow Pipit, 25 Pied Wagtail, 23 Swallow, four Siskin and a Rook
Apart from the goose other sightings were more predictable, although strangely there were no small waders at high tide. Counts from the Bight included 208 Curlew, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Turnstone, 12 Sandwich Tern and a Knot.

Elsewhere 60 Linnet and 12 Skylark were on Warren Point, with four Common Scoter, an immature Great Northern Diver and an Arctic Skua off the seawall.

Other Wildlife: The overcast morning subdued insect activity and even when it brightened up later there was an appreciable drop today in butterfly numbers with five Red Admiral the most numerous of the six species recorded. Bee and fly numbers were also reduced but a Common Furrow Bee Lasioglossum calceatum was still active at Langstone Rock.

Common Furrow Bee - Alan Keatley

Also recorded today the fantastically camouflaged Sand-bear Spider Arctosa perita on Warren Point and new for the Recording Area the scare ground bug Megalonotus dilatatus.

Sand-bear Spider - Alan Keatley

Megalonotus dilatatus - Alan Keatley

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