Thursday 1 February 2024

Thursday 1st February

No wader counts over the high tide but 250+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the estuary with 182 Teal, 15 Wigeon, the nine Eider, a male Goldeneye, a Red-breasted Merganser and the Avocet.

Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler was at the Main Pond with six Shoveler, five Teal and three Little Grebe, a male Blackcap in the Entrance Bushes has been present around a week, with three Chiffchaff, two Siskin and a Goldcrest on site and 17 Great Crested Grebe offshore.

Teal - Dean Hall

Year list addition:

102. Blackcap

Other Wildlife: The lack of a bumblebee or butterfly sighting was unexpected in the conditions with Common Dronefly, Gorse Shieldbug and the first wolf spiders Pardosa sp. of the year seen sunning themselves. The highlight was however found under some rotting wood, the first site record of the nationally scarce Stilt bug Berytinus hirticornis, also sheltering the leafhopper Mocydia crocea and the strandline ground beetle Broscus cephalotes. 

Berytinus hirticornis - Alan Keatley

Mocydia crocea - Alan Keatley

Broschus cephalotes - Alan Keatley

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