Thursday 23 March 2023

Thursday 23rd March

The highlight was again offsite with two or three Alpine Swift stubbornly remaining over Eastdon Ridge despite the showers and strong westerly wind. On site the first singing Chaffinch for several years, with at least seven Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest in the blown out conditions, two Shoveler remain at the Main Pond, where a Teal showed off its diving skills to evade a Sparrowhawk.

Offshore from first light birds heading south included two Manx Shearwater, 70 Gannet, 62 Kittiwake, 15 Fulmar and a Red-throated Diver with nine Common Scoter, nine Great Crested Grebe, eight Red-breasted Merganser and eight Sandwich Tern also present. Elsewhere a second year Mediterranean Gull and a Greenshank were in the estuary and an early Little Ringed Plover flew north.

Wildlife News: Not great insect weather but a few Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Tapered Dronefly braved the conditions.

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