Sunday 19 March 2023

Sunday 19th March

Some overhead spring migration this morning with most birds heading N-E, including 233 Chaffinch, 120 Woodpigeon, 115 Starling, nine Jackdaw, five Meadow Pipit, four Buzzard, four Rook, two Sparrowhawk, two Raven, a Siskin and the first Stock Dove of the year. Also of note 13 Blue Tit heading east through site.

In the estuary peak counts were all outside the allotted WeBS hour with totals of 329 Oystercatcher, 280 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 136 Curlew, 74 Dunlin, 72 Bar-tailed Godwit, 41 Teal, 38 Redshank, 35 Turnstone 19 Grey and 13 Ringed Plover, 11 Sanderling, seven Knot, six Greenshank, six Shelduck and five Wigeon.

Elsewhere six Tufted Duck were offshore late afternoon, with earlier counts of 21 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, three Sandwich Tern and two Red-throated Diver, two Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Langstone Rock, 108 Linnet on the Golf Course and across the site three Wheatear, seven Chiffchaff and three Goldcrest.

Wildlife News: Two Common Dolphin were feeding distantly offshore, with Marmalade Hoverfly on the Alexanders, along with feeding signs of the rare micromoth Aethes deaurana. Cut-leaved Dead-nettle Lamium hybridum was rediscovered somewhere on site, the first record for over a decade when a patch along the Back Path was lost. 

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