Thursday, 29 April 2021

Thursday 29th April

The first two Whinchat of the year were the pick of the migrants with single Reed Warbler and Whitethroat also thought to be new arrivals amongst the birds now on territory. Overhead a Hobby early morning, an Osprey, with perhaps the same bird heading south later on, two Swift, 25 Swallow and two House Martin.

Whinchat - Lee Collins

Osprey - Lee Collins

In the estuary the Ruddy Shelduck made a repeat visit early morning after three weeks at Exminster Marshes but returned north soon after; counts included 87 Dunlin on the morning tide but just eight in the evening, c70 Sandwich Tern, 66 Whimbrel, 29 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Ringed and nine Grey Plover, 10 Knot, nine Turnstone, seven Sanderling and two Dark-bellied Brent Geese.

Ruddy Shelduck - Lee Collins

Wildlife News: The first Hairy Dragonfly of the year was in Greenland Lake with Coastal Silver Stiletto Acrosathe annulata also on the wing

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