Friday 1st September 2017 - Fifth Medmerry survey of 2017

Friday 1st September 2017           5th MEDMERRY SURVEY – LATER DRAGONFLIES

At last a survey afternoon gave us sunshine, warmth and no strong wind,  just a slight breeze.  Fourteen CNHS members gathered to carry out the last survey of the season and had a very pleasant afternoon.  The dominant species proved to be the Migrant hawker of which 30 individuals were counted.  There were also 5 Common darter, 3 Blue-tailed damselfly, 4 Common blue damselfly and 1 solitary Emperor dragonfly.  Despite close scrutiny of the Migrant hawkers we did not discover a Southern Migrant hawker. As one had been recently seen at Pagham it was thought highly likely that this species, of which only 3 have been found in Sussex, could very well be found at Medmerry.  However, after diligent searching by 14 pairs of eyes this was not to be.

Birds noted included a few Swallows, flocks of up to 30 or so Linnets, a Buzzard sitting in a tree, a lone Sedge warbler in the reeds, 2 Whinchat, 30 Mediterranean gulls, 6 Gadwall, Tufted ducks, several flocks of Starlings and many gulls.  Butterflies noted included Peacock, several Small white, a rather tatty Common blue and a Red Admiral.

After a very enjoyable afternoon the group ended the survey season with the now traditional cream tea (or tea and cake). A Common darter was spotted sitting on the table. We sat in the sunshine by a strip of wildflower meadow displaying Corn cockle, Corn marigold and Cornflower.  The cakes and scones were delicious, the tea refreshing and the conversation flowed. A perfect end to another successful season of Medmerry surveys.

Philippa Arnott

Migrant Hawkers in copula

Migrant Hawker

       Common Darter

        Tea Time

Chichester, West Sussex

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