Saturday 1 May 2021

Saturday 1st May

The highlight was the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year in song along the Back Path most of the day, but other migrants were at a premium with five Wheatear but other species all seemed to be birds on territory. Overhead 75 Swallow, seven House and a Sand Martin, two Swift, 20 Goldfinch and 12 Jackdaw.

Counts over the high tide included 216 Oystercatcher, 25 Dunlin, 17 Whimbrel, 11 Knot, six Grey and four Ringed Plover, six Sanderling, five Turnstone and single Bar-tailed Godwit and Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver was offshore with 15 Sandwich and two Common Tern and two Great-crested Grebe.

Wildlife News: With the dry Spring the short turf is looking very parched but the recent rain has seen a flush of growth if not yet flowers. Species that were in flower near the Main Pond included Subterranean and Bird's-foot Clover, Bird's-foot, Lesser and Slender Trefoil. In Greenland Lake both Small and Common Adder's-tongue have now emerged. 

Subterranean Clover - Matt Knott

Bird's-foot - Matt Knott

Small Adder's-tongue - Matt Knott

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