Thursday 31 March 2022

Thursday 31st March

A seasonal case of diminishing returns in the estuary with counts including 44 Dunlin, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 38 Knot, 26 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Grey Plover and two Sanderling. Nine Sandwich Tern offshore, however showed that birds are also arriving.

Other migrants included six Chiffchaff and single Blackcap and Willow Warbler in the bushes with two Siskin, a Sand Martin and a Red Kite overhead.

Wildlife News: The contrast in temperature from last week with a strong, relentless and cold north-easterly, had a dramatic affect on insects. On the wing just one Specked Wood, a few Yellow-legged Mining Bee, a single Buffish Mining Bee and, sunning itself on the viewing platform, a male Sandpit Mining Bee.

Speckled Wood - Alan Keatley

Sandpit Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

The nationally declining Snake's-head Fritillary, a single and a group of three, were in flower in Greenland Lake. Nice to see, whatever the origins.

Snake's-head Fritillary - Alan Keatley

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