Monday 2 January 2017

Monday 2nd January

Despite the cold northerly wind the sunny conditions were enough to add several overlooked species to the year list but an unexpected addition was a new Yellow-browed Warbler. First seen between the Man Pond and Dead Dolphin Wood, it was later relocated around the Entrance bushes. In the estuary the Bonaparte's Gull was present from early afternoon feeding in the main channel off Warren Point; also in the river the two Slavonian Grebe and counts of 1286 Oystercatcher, 1150 Dunlin, 130 Brent Geese, 122 Redshank, 52 Shelduck and four Greenshank. Elsewhere five Shoveler and a Snipe were on the Main Pond and just three Red-throated Diver were offshore.

Wildlife News: The annual BSBI New Year Plant Hunt saw a total of 25 species in flower across the recording area, on a par with the 23 in 2015 but well down on the 42 recorded in 2016. The full list was as follows: Annual Meadow-grass, Autumn Hawkbit, Bramble, Common Cat's-ear, Common Chickweed, Daisy, Dandelion, European Gorse, Fragrant Evening Primrose, Guernsey Fleabane, Large-flowered Evening Primrose, Mexican Fleabane, Perennial Sow-thistle, Petty Spurge, Portland Spurge, Ragwort, Red Deadnettle, Sea Mayweed, Sea Radish, Sea Rocket, Shepherd's Purse, Sweet Violet, Thrift, Wall Barley & Yarrow.

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