Thursday 13 April 2023

Thursday 13th April

The first Tree Pipit of the year headed north mid morning with the second Osprey soon after, but migrants were otherwise thin on the ground and overhead with a single Willow Warbler and five Whimbrel and three Swallow respectively.

Elsewhere no small waders over the high tide but 25 Sandwich Tern and a lone Dark-bellied Brent Goose in the estuary and two Great Northern Diver offshore, both moulting into breeding plumage.

Wildlife News: A male Vagrant Emperor was found quartering the dune slope, eventually landing long enough for a few photos. The seventh site record for this increasing species, with the first as recently as May 2017.

Vagrant Emperor - both Alan Keatley

A single Peacock was the only butterfly recorded but new emergences for the year included Gwynne's Mining Bee Andrena bicolor and the sawfly Aglaostigma aucupariae.

Aglaostigma aucupariae - Alan Keatley

Gwynne's Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

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