Tuesday 14 March 2023

Tuesday 14th March

Out of the cold north westerly, it felt quite pleasant in the early spring sunshine. With the high tide only 3 metres, waders were thin on the ground with most on Finger Point, although 170 Curlew were in the Railway Saltmarsh. Also present a Spoonbill was again on Finger Point with counts including 150 Dunlin, 117 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 36 Grey Plover and five Bar-tailed Godwit.

Elsewhere just six Great Crested Grebe were offshore with a female Eider a new arrival off groyne 12, four Shoveler remain on the Main Pond, a flock of 43 Linnet were feeding on the Golf Course and a Buzzard was over the Entrance Bushes.

Cirl Bunting - Dean Hall

Wildlife News: Insect numbers are slowly starting to increase, mainly showing on Alexanders as little esle is yet in flower, with a female Buffish Mining Bee Andrena nigroaena alongside a black and red squash bug Corizus hyoscyami and a female Bibio johannis. A Common Pollen Beetle Meligethes aeneus agg. had found one of the few open dandelions.

Common Pollen Beetle - Alan Keatley

Hoverflies were represented by several Stripe-faced Dronefly Eristalis tenax, a few Tapered Dronefly Eristalis pertinax and more Marmalade Hoverfly. A Peacock was the only butterfly to venture out, with just single Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Honey Bee on the willows. 

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