Friday 18 March 2022

Friday 18th March

The highlight was a Red Kite that drifted high east at 4.30pm but few other arrivals were noted. Counts from the estuary included 267 Oystercatcher, 240 Dunlin, 122 Curlew, 69 Bar-tailed Godwit, 64+ Snipe, 60+ Redshank, 52 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 30 Turnstone, 26 Shelduck, 24 Grey and eight Ringed Plover, 14 Knot, 10 Sanderling, seven Red-breasted Merganser and three Greenshank.

Elsewhere 20 Kittiwake, five Great-crested Grebe and a Common Scoter were offshore and four Chiffchaff were in the bushes. 

Wildlife News: Plenty of bees are now on the wing with concentrations of Yellow-legged Mining Bee Andrena flavipes in the car park and at Langstone Rock, also there both sexes of Buffish Mining Bee Andrena nigroaenea. New records for the year included Trimmer's Mining Bee Andrena trimmerana, Common Carder Bee Bombus pascorum and Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum around the sallows by the Dune Pond. 

both Trimmer's Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

Other new insects for the year included Dock Bug, Common Wasp and Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus. Also on the wing several Peacock and a couple of Comma, plus the hoverflies of recent days.

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