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.
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.
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.
Grey Plovers & Knot
Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar