Sunday 24 April 2016

Sunday 24th April

A Hoopoe along the Back Path late morning was the all too brief highlight, other migrants remain in short supply with eight Wheatear also new in. Overhead two Yellow Wagtail flew over with a couple of Siskin, 12 Swallow, eight Sand and three House Martin. In the estuary counts over the evening high tide included 130 Dunlin, 76 Whimbrel, 12 Sanderling, four Common Sandpiper and three Redshank. Elsewhere three Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver were offshore early morning and 37 Sandwich and a Common Tern were off John's Watch.

Wildlife News: The Sand Crocus remains in flower but in diminishing numbers. The first Small Copper of the year were on the wing with Speckled Wood and Green-veined White and in Greenland Lake the squash bug Syromastus rhombeus Rhombic Leatherbug was another new species for the Recording Area.

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