Tuesday 7 May 2024

Tuesday 7th May

A drake Garganey that dropped in behind the Golf Course late evening was the highlight, beating out a 2cy Little Gull that flew in off over The Bight, before continued N up estuary at 9am, and the eighth Red Kite of the year which flew WSW low over The Bight at 09:45.

Garganey - both Lee Collins

There was no sign of the Curlew Sandpiper with waders continuing to move through, counts included 59 Dunlin, 41 Whimbrel, 37 Sanderling, 18 Ringed and three Grey Plover, eight Bar and Black-tailed Godwit, three Turnstone and a Redshank, with the five Eider also in the estuary.

Elsewhere two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, six Common Scoter and two Sandwich Tern were offshore, three Wheatear were on site and three Rook and two Sand Martin were overhead.

Other Wildlife: No Dune Wolf noted today but ground-watching again revealed some interesting invertebrates including a couple of tiny blood bees, likely Geoffroy's Blood Bee Sphecodes geoffrellus, a cleptoparasite of Green Furrow Bee.

Geoffroy's Blood Bee Sphecodes geoffrellus - Alan Keatley

Also, in the same place was a nymph Grey Bush-cricket being stalked by a male Xysticus cristatus crab spider.

Grey Bush-cricket - Alan Keatley

Xysticus cristatus - Alan Keatley

To add to the variety were the first Blue-tailed Damselfly of the year, two Silver Y, several Common Carpet and a Sandy Longhorn Nematopogon schwarziellus.

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Alan Keatley

Sandy Longhorn - Alan Keatley

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