Little stint - 2 feeding on fresh marsh this afternoon
Wood sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh
Spoonbill - 4 mobile birds on the reserve this afternoon
Med gull - 1 offshore this afternoon
Bittern - 1 briefly in flight over the reedbed
Its not only us that have been enjoying the fantastic summer weather but so have the wildlife especially our insect populations.
Butterflies have been faring particularly well with many of our resident species having a good year. A walk along the West Bank path can produce a wide variety including peacock, comma, ringlet, meadow brown and three species of skipper feeding on the thistle flowers that we have been leaving for their benefit. The grassy seawalls are good places to check for wall browns and a walk along the dunes could produce the scarce grayling. With the recent easterly airflow there has been a significant influx of migrant butterflies too. The most obvious species has been small tortoiseshell along with smaller numbers of painted lady and a couple of clouded yellow along East Trail. A white admiral seen in the carpark for several days last week appears to be the first record for the reserve!
Small tortoiseshell butterfly
The Wednesday morning moth trap sessions have also been excellent. With two moth traps running we have been getting between 25-35 species a night with the egg boxes crammed full of moths. Weird and wonderful names such as nut tree tussock, uncertain, lychnis and cream bordered green pea have all been caught in recent weeks along with some great looking species including the stunning garden tiger and the subtle herald
If you fancy finding out more about the moths on the reserve as well as in your garden, why not join us on a Wednesday morning as we open our traps. You don't need to book, just meet us outside the visitor centre at 9am and see what we have caught. You never know, we might have a tiger waiting for you...
Curlew sandpiper - 1 on fresh marsh feeding with 30 dunlin
Spoonbill - 18 on fresh marsh this afternoon
Wood sandpiper - 2 on fresh marsh
Little stint - 1 on fresh marsh
Ruff - 50 on fresh marsh