Monday 20 May 2024

Monday 20th May

There were still 95 Sanderling on the evening tide, with 23 Dunlin, 22 Ringed Plover, 17 Whimbrel, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, the usual three imm ♂ and two ♀ Eider and a Knot also in the estuary.

Elsewhere a Red Kite drifted high NE at 09:30 with two House Martin and a Swift also overhead and offshore, 18 Common Scoter, six Sandwich Tern, five Manx Shearwater, five Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver.

Other Wildlife: Plenty of insect activity in the warm sunshine with the soldier fly Ornate Brigadier Odontomyia ornata the highlight, the first for several years. Good numbers of pollen seeking bees were also on the plentiful Hemlock Water-dropwort including Ashy Andrena cineria, Orange-tailed A. haemorrhoa, Sandpit A. barbilabris, Short-fringed A. dorsata and Common Mini A. minutula Mining Bees.

Ornate Brigadier Odontomyia ornata - Alan Keatley

Ashy Mining Bee Andrena cineria - Alan Keatley

Representing beetles were the colourful Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis, several Swollen-thighed Pollen Beetle Oedemera nobilis and the soldier beetle Cantharis rustica. 

Wasp Beetle - Alan Keatley

Hoverflies included Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris and Dark-winged Chrysogaster C. solstitialis and day flying moths several Silver Y, a Small Yellow Underwing and the first Alexanders Straw Aethes deaurana of the year. 

A Hairy Dragonfly and a Broad-bodied Chaser were in the Back Meadow with at least 26 Blue-tailed Damselfly around the Dune Pond. Also on the wing single Wall Brown and Painted Lady.

Broad-bodied Chaser - Alan Keatley

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