Interesting Insects at Holt and a 'Feeding Frenzy' at Brancaster......
A day out along the Norfolk coast (20th) with Jason Nichols began at Holt Country Park.
Although a little too early for White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary there were a few Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and a couple of Red Admiral.
Volucella bombylans (plus a pair mating) and V. Pellucens were regularly seen and other Hoverflies included Merodon equestris Large Narcissus Fly Epistrophe grossulariae,Two-girdled Digger Wasp Argogorytes mystaceus and Tachinid Fly Tachina fera were also of note.
Both Azure and Common Blue Damselflies were seen and a Four-spotted Chaser was over the pond.
The ‘Giant’ Cranefly Tipula maxima, a 7-spot Ladybird that couldn’t decide whether to take-off or not (but may have been stretching its wings), the iridescent Common Malachite Beetle, Hairy Shieldbug Dolycoris baccarum, Tree Bumblebee, Sawfly Tenthredo mesomela and a new species of Longhorn Beetle Black-striped Longhorn Beetle Stenurella melanura made for a very interesting visit.
At Burnham Overy Staithe Cattle Egrets had been reported recently. No Cattle Egrets but House Martins collecting mud provided a photographic opportunity.
Our usual stop at Brancaster Staithe found a ‘feeding frenzy’ going on as Black-headed Gulls (predominantly), 2 Sandwich and at least 4 Common Terns and 2 Little Egrets were successfully catching small fish which had been corralled into the shallows as the tide receded. This was witnessed last year, when there were also Arctic Terns present.
A stop at the ‘gate’ at Holkham found Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, several Spoonbills in the distant trees and a Great White Egret flew over the Freshmarsh.
A visit to the ‘middle hides’ at Cley found 60+ Knot present along with Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets and the reported Green-winged Teal was also found with three other Teal.
A Little Egret came close to feed on presumably a Stickleback species and a Hobby flew over the scrapes, whilst Sand and House Martins and Swifts were overhead and in the case of two of the Sand Martins, perched on the barbed wire.
Two Common Lizards were found on the walk back as was a Drinker Moth larva.
A brief stop at the pond at Walsey Hills found a single Pochard duckling, with 3 duck Pochard present, a Mallard with 3 ducklings and a Little Grebe.
Hairy Shieldbug Epistrophe grossulariae
Volucella pellucens Vollucella bombylans Two-girdled Digger Wasp
Tachina fera 7-spot Ladybird Common Blue Damselfly
Pisaura mirablis Red Admiral
Sawfly Tenthredo mesomela
Black-striped Longhorn Beetle Meadow Brown Tree Bumblebees; queen & worker Volucella bombylans mating