A Golden-ringed Dragonfly was present.
Golden-ringed Dragonfly 28/09/08 © Lee Collins
The continuing high pressure and light easterlies lead to another day of steady butterfly passage, with Red Admiral, Small and Large White predominating, although two Comma on the Dune ridge could also have been migrants. Other butterflies included presumed second brood Meadow Brown and several fresh Small Copper.
Silver Y 18/09/08 © Simon Thurgood Small Copper 18/09/08 © Simon Thurgood
Red Admiral and Small and Large White continued to be seen throughout the day with two Small Tortoiseshell presumably also migrants.
At least 20 Red Admiral moved west during the day and 10+ Silver Y were disturbed from the dunes during the day.
A Common Seal was on Bull Hill.
Bird's Nest Fungus was found on the Dune Ridge, whilst a Vapourer Moth caterpillar was near the hide.
Bird's Nest Fungi 07/09/08 © John Fortey Vapourer caterpillar 07/09/08 © John Fortey
A Grey Seal was offshore, a Clouded Yellow was by the Visitor Centre and there was a continuing light passage of butterflies with two Silver Y flushed in Greenland Lake.
Sand Lizard 07/09/08 © Brian Jane
At least 12 Red Admiral were seen flying west along the Dune Ridge along with higher numbers of Small and Large White and several Migrant Hawker.
A Grey Seal was off the seawall.
Five Bottle-nosed Dolphin were again offshore mid morning.
Five Bottle-nosed Dolphin were again offshore mid morning, along with a Grey Seal, which had earlier been in the estuary. At least four Silver Y were disturbed from Greenland Lake.
Sand Lizard continue to show well along the Dune Ridge, probably because the areas previously favoured suffered serious erosion last winter.
Sand Lizard 27/08/08 © John Fortey
Volucella pellucens 26/08/08 © John Fortey
Five Bottle-nosed Dolphin, including a calf, showed well offshore eventually heading south. Four Sand and three Common Lizard were along the Dune Ridge.
Common Lizard 24/08/08 © Simon Thurgood Sand Lizard 24/08/08 © Simon Thurgood
A second brood Brown Argus was along the Dune Ridge and a Jersey Tiger was over the Main Pond.
Large numbers of Wasp Spider are present on Warren Point. Short-winged Conehead and Lesser Marsh Grasshopper were both recorded today.
The first Wasp Spider of the year was found in Greenland Lake.
Wasp Spider 24/08/08 © Simon Thurgood
The second brood of Common Blue were on the wing in good numbers with at least nine other species of butterfly. Seven Migrant Hawker were on Warren Point.
The first Autumn Ladies Tresses were in flower. The hoverfly Volucella zonaria was in Greenland Lake.
Autumn Ladies Tresses 12/08/08 © John Fortey Volucella zonaria 12/08/08 © John Fortey
A Common Blue Damselfly, a scarce visitor to the reserve was on the Dune Ridge.
Six Harlequin Ladybird were on Warren Point along with three Jersey Tiger and at least three Sand Lizard.
Wall Brown 02/08/08 © Simon Thurgood Sand Lizard 02/08/08 © Simon Thurgood
Mothing produced 81 species including Kent Black Arches, Four-spotted Footman, Maiden's Blush, Narrow-winged Pug and Platytes alpinella.
Three Silver Y and a Rusty-dot Pearl were flushed from the Marram during the day.
A Jersey Tiger, the first of the year was on Warren Point.
Jersey Tiger 28/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
Several Harlequin ladybird were present on Warren Point. As with most of southern Britain this invasive species seems to have become established on the reserve.
Harlequin 26/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
Emperor 24/07/08 © Simon Thurgood Southern Hawker 24/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
The second Marbled White of the year was seen, this time near the Tractor Compound, hopefully this species can successfully recolonise the reserve.
Marbled White 23/07/08 © Simon Thurgood Brown Argus 23/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
Butterflies were again much in evidence with another Ringlet, this time in Greenland Lake.
Broad-bodied Chaser 21/07/08 © John Fortey
The warm weather continued and encouraged 17 species of butterfly onto the wing today. The highlights were the first Marbled White of the year in Greenland Lake, a fresh Ringlet in Dead Dolphin Wood and two Comma. Large & Small Skipper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Large, Small & Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Wall Brown (5), Speckled Wood, Peacock and Red Admiral (4) made up the rest of the total. Southern Hawker and Golden-ringed Dragonfly were also on the wing - the latter is becoming increasingly regular on the reserve.
Comma 20/07/08 © John Fortey Ringlet 20/07/08 © John Fortey
An unexpected highlight was the first Scarce Chaser for the reserve, in bushes around the hide. This individual was presumably from the population at the north end of the estuary. The hint of summery weather also brought at least 10 species of butterfly onto the wing including Wall Brown and also good numbers of Six-spot Burnet with at least 30 being seen.
Scarce Chaser 19/07/08 Six-spot Burnet 01/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
Great Green Bush Cricket can now be seen around site, favouring the edges of bramble scrub.
Great Green Bush Cricket 17/07/08 © Simon Thurgood Emperor Dragonfly 17/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
Second broods of Common Blue and Brown Argus were on the wing along with a Golden-ringed Dragonfly and several Southern andthe first Migrant Hawker of the year.
The Ringlet was again in Dead Dolphin Wood. A Grey Seal has been seen regularly south of the recording area off the Dawlish Beaches.
This Southern Hawker of the year was on the wing along with a Golden-ringed Dragonfly and a Broad-bodied Chaser.
Southern Hawker 12/07/08 © Simon Thurgood
The Ringlet was again in Dead Dolphin Wood.
Ringlet 08/07/08 © John Fortey
A Ringlet in Dead Dolphin Wood was, perhaps surprisingly, the first record for the reserve.
A Bordered Straw in Greenland Lake was further evidence of some insect migration. The Pyramidal Orchid was flowering along the Wryneck Path.
A Painted Lady in Greenland Lake was the first for several months.
Gatekeeper was one of several firsts for the year were on the wing, the others included Southern Hawker, Golden-ringed Dragonfly and Six-spot Burnet. A young Fox was seen drinking at the First Pond.
Golden-ringed Dragonfly 01/07/08 © John Fortey Gatekeeper 01/07/08 © Simon Thurgood