A quiet day for both birds and weather, new arrivals were limited to a Wheatear at Cockwood Steps, a Shoveler in the Bight and an adult male Eider offshore. The latter was with the recent flock of five, also offshore four Sandwich Tern and three Great Crested Grebe.
Elsewhere the Dark-bellied Brent Goose remains in the estuary with a similar mix and number of waders to recent days including Whimbrel, Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit.
Wildlife News: The warmer temperatures saw a slight increase in insect activity with several Early Bumblebee workers and eight solitary bee species on the wing, including Hairy-footed Flower Bee and the first Ashy Mining Bee Andrena cinerea of the year, always a scarce species on site. Butterflies were limited to several Orange-tip and single Peacock and Small Copper, still very few Speckled Wood and no Green-veined White.
Two new species for the Recording Area were discovered, the Iris Sawfly Rhadinoceraea micans and the Rock Samphire psyllid Bactericera crithmi. Also recorded today five species of ladybird including Pine Ladybird, the first Dark Bush-cricket nymphs and the first Southern Marsh Orchid in flower.
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