Tuesday 10 October 2023

Tuesday 10th October

A short afternoon visit, with sunny and warm conditions after the mist finally cleared. Overhead 13 Meadow Pipit and a Siskin despite the late hour, with the exception of the first Dartford Warbler of the autumn, grounded migrants were similarly in short supply with just three Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.

The tide was only half way in but 37 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin and two Turnstone were in the Bight, with three Sandwich Tern also in the estuary.

Other Wildlife: The Ivy continues to attract numbers of Common Wasp, Honey and Ivy Bee along with several hoverfly species, including the first Pale-knobbed Didea D. fasciata of the year. 

Honey Bee (left) & Ivy Bee - Alan Keatley

Other hoverflies included Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax, Glass-winged S. vitripennis and Humming Syrphus S. ribesii, and Long Sphaerophoria scripta, Marmalade Episyrphus balteatus, Tiger Helophilus pendulus and Large Tiger Hoverfly H. trivittatus.

Long Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Also on the wing the cranefly Tipula confusa, five species of butterfly including Red Admiral and three dragonfly species; Common Darter, Migrant and Southern Hawker.

Tipula confusa - Alan Keatley

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