Tuesday 9 May 2023

Tuesday 9th May

An overcast day but the rain avoided the Warren until early afternoon, there was little to report in the way of migration with just 12 Swallow and two Wheatear noted and diminishing numbers in the estuary with counts of 53 Dunlin, 27 Sanderling, 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, seven Grey and five Ringed Plover and two Turnstone.

Elsewhere four Great Northern Diver, three Great Crested Grebe, a pr of Eider, 10 Kittiwake and two Sandwich Tern were offshore and the Grey Heron may have taken a Little Grebe chick at the Main Pond, to be expected with the absence of any Mallard ducklings so far this year.

Little Grebe - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The conditions limited insect activity but Orange-tip, Small Copper and Peacock were on the wing with the first 10-spot Ladybird and ground bug Peritrechus geniculatus of the year noted amongst other bugs and beetles.

a click beetle Agrypnus murinus - Alan Keatley

10-spot Ladybird - Alan Keatley They don't all have 10 spots!

Southern Marsh Orchid is starting to flower in numbers, especially near the Entrance Bushes, those in the Back Meadow and Greenland Lake not far behind.

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