Friday 7 April 2023

Friday 7th April

A warm and sunny bank holiday, so people outnumbered birds with few new migrants; five Swallow flew through with eight Chiffchaff, four Willow Warbler and two Blackcap in the bushes, the Chiffchaff already in territorial pairs.

Willow Warbler - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere four Great Crested Grebe were offshore with records from the estuary including a single Whimbrel, 105 Curlew, 15 Grey and 12 Ringed Plover, 14 Teal, three Greenshank, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser, two Pale and a Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Wildlife News: Lots of insect activity in the sunshine, with four species of butterfly, including the first Small Tortoiseshell of the year and the first Brimstone since 2021, and five species of bumblebee. Solitary bees were also out in good numbers with Buffish, Small Sallow and Yellow-legged Mining Bee the most numerous. Hairy-footed Flower Bee were again around the Crazy Golf Rosemary with others found at Langstone Rock, along with their cuckoo, Common Mourning Bee Melecta albifrons, the latter a first for the Recording Area.

Hairy-footed Flower Bee (female) - Alan Keatley

Another new species was the ground beetle Clivina collaris, with new emergences including Stripe-backed Fleckwing Dasysyrphus albostriatus, Bishop's Mitre, Rhombic Leatherbug, Two-spot Ladybird and the jumping spider Euophrys frontalis.

Clivina collaris - Alan Keatley

Stripe-backed Fleckwing - Alan Keatley

Rhombic Leatherbug - Alan Keatley

Although playing second fiddle to the increase in invertebrates, thousands of Sand Crocus were also making the most of the weather. 

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