Saturday 5 March 2022

Saturday 5th March

With a light north westerly wind there was some Spring vis mig with the second highest Spring count of 1234 Chaffinch, 82 Jackdaw, 767 Starling, seven Rook, five Stock Dove, two Brambling and single Redpoll, Siskin and Grey Wagtail, all were heading E and the vast majority were before 10am.

Counts from the estuary included 735 Dunlin, 410 Oystercatcher, 169 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 161 Curlew, 98 Bar-tailed Godwit, 90 Grey and 15 Ringed Plover, 27 Shelduck, 17 Knot, 16 Sanderling, 12 Teal, seven Red-breasted Merganser, six Wigeon and four Greenshank
Elsewhere the Velvet Scoter was offshore with 34 Common Scoter, two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver; two Chiffchaff, including one briefly in song, were on site, seven Cirl Bunting and a Water Pipit on the Golf Course and at the Main Pond a female Shoveler, six Teal, two vocal Little Grebe, with two others presumed to be hidden away on their nests, and a Water Rail

Wildlife News: The strengthening wind reduced the number if insects on the wing but good numbers of Stripe-faced Dronefly were noted along with several Marmalade Hoverfly and Buff-tailed Bumblebee.

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