The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

WHITLINGHAM: Water Scorpion & other inverts

7th June 2016

The weather since Sunday had been rather rough, so a sunny spell on Wednesday evening was my first opportunity to head back to Whitlingham to try to photograph the Lesser Emperor(s). Unfortunately the winds were still strong, and I didn't see a single dragonfly. I would expect that they are still present, so please keep an eye out if you are there.

Whilst checking the bays for dragonflies I saw a Water Scorpion, which would have been unexpected had Murray not photographed one here on Monday. As well as the regular things like Swollen-thighed beetles and Malachite Beetles, a small beetle with a pointy rear was identified as Tumbling Flower Beetle by Martin Collier (the county beetle recorder) and was a new one for me. A lacehopper, Cixius nervosus, was a patch tick, as was White-barred Tortrix moth.

 Tumbling Flower Beetle
 Water Scorpion
 Malachite Beetle
 Cixius nervosus
White-barred Tortrix

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