Thursday 7 April 2022

Thursday 7th April

The first winter Caspian Gull was reported off Cockwood Steps on the dropping tide mid afternoon. Counts over high tide included 239 Oystercatcher, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Dunlin, 18 Ringed and 13 Grey Plover, 10 Sandwich Tern, seven Knot, four Sanderling and a Greenshank.

Elsewhere three Manx Shearwater passed south distantly offshore, five Chiffchaff, four Willow Warbler and Blackcap in the bushes and a Jay in Dead Dolphin Wood. 

Wildlife News: The first Orange-legged Furrow Bee Halictus rubicundus of the year was at Langstone Rock with a Red-tailed Bumblebee and Yellow-legged, Sandpit and Buffish Mining Bee also on the wing. 

Orange-legged Furrow Bee - Alan Keatley

Red-tailed Bumblebee - Alan Keatley

The first Humming Syrphus Syrphus ribesii of the year were also seen along with a single Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus, a lone Speckled Wood was the only butterfly.

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