Monday 1 May 2017

Monday 1st May

A Black Tern that landed briefly in the Bight was the pick of the day with five Little Tern also present over the high tide. Waders numbers also increased with 250 Dunlin, 100+ Whimbrel, 52 Sanderling, 48 Ringed Plover, 32 Grey Plover and 15 Bar-tailed Godwit. Offshore a distant Arctic Skua headed east, with 64 Manx Shearwater, 110 Common Scoter, seven Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver going south.

Other migrants included the first Swift of the year through with three Yellow Wagtail, 20 Swallow, eight Sand and a House Martin, five Wheatear, single Sedge and Willow Warbler and a Hobby that flew across the bay and made landfall over Orcombe Point.

 Grey Plover (Oystercatcher & Bar-tailed Godwit) - Simon Thurgood

Whitethroat - Simon Thurgood
Wildlife News: The sunny weather this afternoon brought out good numbers of butterflies with a couple of Wall Brown on the Dune Ridge, other species on the wing included Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small Copper and Peacock. There was no sign of any Speckled Wood, perhaps the cold spell has already curtailed the first generation.

 Wall Brown - Alan Keatley

Holly Blue - Alan Keatley

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