Saturday 21 January 2023

Saturday 21st January

Freezing overnight temperatures resulted in frozen ponds and a sparkling white ground frost, but little signs of any bird movement. The highlight was the first ever January record of Marsh Harrier, reflecting their increasing presence at the north end of the estuary, a 2nd calendar year flew high over the mudflats at 15:15. Also in the estuary 145 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 116 Curlew. 45 Redshank, 20 Wigeon, 15 Great Crested and a Little Grebe, seven Greenshank, two Avocet and the Sandwich Tern.

Elsewhere three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore with single Common Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser; 12 Snipe were flushed by a foraging Magpie in Greenland Lake, three Rook and a Siskin were overhead and six Redwing, two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were in the bushes.

Wildlife News: Not surprisingly no insects on the wing and just a few springtails found, but did include a new species for the year, Isotomurus palustris. 

Isotomurus palustris - Alan Keatley

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