Sunday 24 May 2020

Friday 15th May

The biting cold northerly that produced frosts locally and the coldest May temperature since 1982 in Northern Ireland yesterday relented today and the afternoon was pleasantly  very warm and sunny.  

The unusually neap high tide (only 2.5 metres at Exmouth Docks) and the dry weather conditions, predictably, didn't produce much with only 24 Whimbrel, eight Ringed Plover, six Dunlin, four Sanderling, three Little Egret and two Bar-tailed Godwit noted.  At sea, 13 Sandwich Tern foraged; and overhead a trickle of c.25 Swallow headed northeast, but no other migrants were reported. 

The site is abound with recently fledged young birds and nestlings.  In response to the Government's subtle changes to easing restrictions, there has been a rapid upsurge in visitors to the site since Wednesday, so keep vigilant of parent birds trying to feed their young whilst exploring and enjoying the wildlife.   

Wildlife News: at least ten butterfly species were on the wing with Brown Argus in the meadows, and passing through two Red Admiral and a Painted Lady.

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