Thursday 14 April 2022

Thursday 14th April

Sea-watching from the Dune Ridge was rewarded with a Long-tailed Duck making several circuits of the bay with 32 Common Scoter before they all eventually flew east. The first record since Nov 2020. Also offshore a lingering dark phase Arctic Skua, harassing at least six Sandwich Tern, five Great-crested Grebe, two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver.

Counts from the estuary included 34 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Turnstone, 17 Redshank, 11 Grey and five Ringed Plover, six Dark-bellied Brent Goose, four Knot, two Sanderling, two Dunlin, two Whimbrel and a Teal.

Elsewhere there was little obvious migrant passage with four Blackcap and two Whitethroat now on territory, although a single Willow Warbler and a couple of Swallow flew through.

Whitethroat - Alan Keatley

Blackcap - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The overcast conditions hampered insect activity, with no butterflies and only a handful of small hoverflies and Buff-tailed Bumblebee on the wing. A Common Shrew was in the education area and a couple of Sand Crocus managed to appear despite the lack of sunshine. 

Cuckoo-flower - Alan Keatley

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