The first Yellow Wagtail of the year was overhead, an early date, also passing through 61 Wood Pigeon, seven Chaffinch, three Swallow, two Buzzard, two Raven and a Sand Martin. Grounded migrants included seven Chiffchaff, two Blackcap, a Willow Warbler and a Wheatear.
The two Pale-bellied Brent Geese remained in the estuary with 305 Oystercatcher, 19 Teal, 13 Shelduck, 10 Redshank, six Sandwich Tern, six Bar-tailed Godwit, four Greenshank, three Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Red-breasted Merganser and a Ringed Plover. Offshore the two immature male Eider and two Great Crested Grebe.
Wildlife News: The Sand Crocus was making the most of the weather with good numbers in flower, along with Upright Chickweed, Early Forget-me-not and various Mouse-ears. A new plant for the Recording Area was discovered around the Amusements, New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax, at least the tenth non-native plant to have self seeded from the various plantings adjacent to an SAC. Other discoveries included the non-native Slender Speedwell and Caper Spurge. Better news was the rediscovery of Henbit Dead-nettle, the first record for at least a decade, and the 3,000th species for the Recording Area since 2018.
The first Tree Bumblebee of the year was nectaring on sallows with several Buff-tailed Bumblebee, the two Common Carder Bee were both on Red Dead-Nettle. Also new for the year Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris and Green Shieldbug.
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