Tuesday 31 January 2023

Tuesday 31st January

Three Red-throated Diver flew south early morning with 21 Great Crested Grebe, five Razorbill and the two immature male Eider also offshore. Elsewhere 10 Meadow Pipit and two Stonechat in Greenland Lake hinted at some movement, with two Shoveler on the Main Pond, a mobile Grey Wagtail and, roaming with 11 Long-tailed Tita Chiffchaff.

Few birds in the estuary on the low tide with 75 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the mudflats and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser off Cockwood. 

Euselis incisus - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The temperatures continue to limit the number of flying insects, but other invertebrates could be found with the first Nursery Web Spider Pisaura mirabilis of the year, a nymph of a grass leafhopper Euselis incisus and several Paederus littoralis, a predatory rove beetle. Three Grey and the Common Seal were again hauled out on the barge in the estuary. 

Nursery Web Spider - Dean Hall

Paederus littoralis - Alan Keatley

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