Monday 30 April 2018

Monday 30th April

Chilly northerly wind but brighter with sunny conditions throughout. A male Redstart on Warren Point was a pleasant surprise on a day of few migrants with two of six Whitethroat, four Willow Warbler and a Wheatear also likely new arrivals. In the estuary 18 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, nine Grey Plover, three Sanderling and two Bar-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere two immature male Eider remain off John's Watch and a Little Egret was in a still flooded Greenland Lake.

Sanderling - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: With the sun out sheltered spots revealed an increase in insect with hover-flies on the wing including Helophilus pendulus, Epistrophe eligans, Syrphus ribesii, Eristalis pertinax and a first Baccha elongata for year. Only one Eristalis pertinax so presumably the spring emergence have begun to die off.  Other insects include first queen Common wasp of the year and several Sandpit mining bee.

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