Thursday 19 January 2023

Thursday 19th January

A female Dartford Warbler around the Visitor Centre late morning, was either a cold weather arrival or a very elusive bird last seen on 15 Dec. Also on site, three Water Rail and a pair of Shoveler at the Main Pond, two Redshank and a Greenshank in Greenland Lake, a Chiffchaff pausing briefly before continuing west over the railway with 33 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch and the year's first Siskin providing further evidence of migration.

Green Woodpecker - Alan Keatley

A juvenile Spoonbill flew high up estuary with the one roosting later on Finger Point perhaps the second bird. Also in the estuary 118 Teal, 68 Shelduck, 34 Ringed Plover, 16 Knot, 10 Sanderling, four Avocet, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, two Greenshank and a Wigeon.

Wildlife News: Despite the temperatures the first Honey Bee of the year was nectaring on Gorse in the sunshine, two Grey Seal were on the barge in the estuary and seven species of springtail and the wood-boring weevil Euophryum confine were uncovered.

Euophryum confine - Alan Keatley

Entomobrya albocinta - Alan Keatley

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