Tuesday 26 March 2024

Tuesday 26th March

The first Willow Warbler of the year was singing briefly by the Tractor Compound before quickly moving on. The half dozen Chiffchaff and a Blackcap on the other hand were more concerned in establishing territories. 

Wintering waders are continuing to drop in number, with 60 Curlew, 36 Turnstone, five Sanderling and three Ringed Plover noted. Also in the estuary 31 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, the nine Eider and a Sandwich Tern. A flock on Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on a offshore sand bank, with single Red-throated and Great Northern Diver on the sea. 

Year list addition:

121. Willow Warbler

Other Wildlife: The sunshine brought out a Common Lizard and a few Speckled Wood and Peacock butterflies, with Common Carder Bee, Yellow-legged and Small Sallow Mining Bee also on the wing. 

Common Carder Bee - Alan Keatley

New for the year were the ground beetle Harpalus affinis (missing a wing case) and the spear-winged fly Lonchoptera bifurcata were around the edge of The Bight.

Harpalus affinis - Alan Keatley

Lonchoptera bifurcata - Alan Keatley

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