Friday, 20 June 2014

Dancing on the Edge of the Sand

Broad-Bodied Chaser

We walked along Beacon Lane to the Little Tern Colony at Kilnsea.  The morning started well with the eagle-eyed newcomer spotting a dragonfly.  Luckily, she decided to hang around long enough for everyone to obtain prolonged views - it was quite a scarce exotic-looking dragonfly for the area - a female Broad-Bodied Chaser.   There were quite a few insects around including our final Cinnabar Moth, and an emergence of Burnet Moths.
Burnet Moth
On the way we saw singing Linnets, Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, heard a Reed Bunting and saw displaying Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.  It was high tide and the there were plenty of waders including summer plumaged Grey Plovers, Knot, Dunlin, Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers.  There were more Sandwich Terns and some Common Terns joining the Avocets on the raft.     
Little Tern
Since last week the Little Tern eggs have hatched and most of the birds have 3 chicks this year - better than average.  There are also plenty of nests - perhaps as many as 52.  Like last year the nests are being protected from predators 24/7, so hopefully a record number may take to the skies in a few weeks' time.
Ringed Plover
 Grey Plovers & Knot
 Scarlet Pimpernel
 Sea Plant
 Bee Orchid
 Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar
 Small Heath

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