Wednesday 2 February 2022

Wednesday 2nd February

The Velvet Scoter was still offshore but remained distant, also off the seawall 10 Great-crested Grebe, three Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver. A Grey Wagtail overhead was the first of the year.

Velvet Scoter - Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included 840
Dunlin, 273 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 166 Grey Plover, 144 Teal, 112 Bar-tailed Godwit, 94 Knot, 41 Shelduck and six Greenshank.

Wildlife News: The warm and sunny weather brought out the insects, mainly on the flowering Gorse and Hebe, with several Marmalade Hoverfly (assumed migrants given the southerlies) and a few Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax. There were also plenty of Honey Bee and Buff-tailed Bumblebee collecting pollen. No butterflies unfortunately. Elsewhere a Wood Mouse scampered through the undergrowth in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Common Dronefly - Alan Keatley

Marmalade Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

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