Thursday 10 March 2022

Thursday 10th March

A slight rise in temperature, a relatively dry day and a south/south easterly wind brought its reward in the form of the first Wheatear of the year; briefly view along the shoreline of the Bight, before it disappeared over the ridge and towards Warren Point. What was presumably the same bird was on the Point later on. A Chiffchaff singing vigorously in the Entrance Bushes may also have been a fresh migrant.

It was a low high tide so numbers were similarly low but also reduced as many have already moved back towards breeding grounds. Counts included 850 Dunlin, 88 Bar-tailed Godwit, 87 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 82 Grey and 16 Ringed Plover, 57 Knot, 38 Turnstone, eight Sanderling, eight Wigeon and four Red-breasted Merganser.

Wildlife News: The first Comma and Peacock butterflies were on the wing.

Comma - Alan Keatley

Peacock - Alan Keatley

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