Spring took a slight pause today with the wet weather and brisk wind. Despite the seemingly ideal conditions there were however few gulls on Finger Point at high tide. Counts from the estuary included 78 Curlew, 28 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 28 Grey and 12 Ringed Plover, 22 Turnstone, 10 Dunlin, seven Sanderling, four Sandwich Tern, two Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Elsewhere the bushes were quiet and blown out, but a calmer evening revealed the first Willow Warbler of the year with six Chiffchaff noted, with five Shoveler amongst the usual suspects on the Main Pond, a female Sparrowhawk with a kill in the Entrance Bushes and offshore two Great Crested Grebe and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Wildlife News: A few Scarlet Elf Cap have emerged in the Entrance Bushes, the Sand Crocus remained firmly closed and Insect sightings were reduced to a couple of diptera sheltering from the weather.
Hairy-eyed Syrphus S. torvus - Alan Keatley
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