Tuesday 3 October 2023

Tuesday 3rd October

A pleasant day in the warm sunshine with plenty of interest to be seen, 45 Skylark, 36 Meadow Pipit and two Siskin were on the move early morning with three Wheatear on the deck.

The summer plumaged Red-throated Diver remained offshore and at least five Arctic Skua were still hassling the gulls in the bay. Avoiding their intentions in the estuary, 44 Sandwich and two Common Tern, four Mediterranean and the 1cy Little Gull.

Elsewhere two Water Rail and a Kingfisher were at the Main Pond and counts from the high tide included 214 Wigeon, 206 Curlew, 27 Dunlin, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Ringed Plover, 10 Greenshank and six Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Other Wildlife: The warm weather prompted a steady movement of over 50 Red Admiral with others pausing on the flowering Ivy, with two Clouded Yellow and a Painted Lady other clear migrants. 

Clouded Yellow - Alan Keatley

The Ivy also attracted the first Noon Fly Mesembrina meridiana of the year, several Batman, Hornet and Marmalade Hoverfly and increasing numbers of Ivy Bee. Also present a Sickle-jawed Blood Bee Sphecodes puncticeps, the first site record since 1969.

Noon Fly - Alan Keatley

Sickle-jawed Blood Bee - Alan Keatley

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