Sunday 23 April 2023

Sunday 23rd April

Spring migrants continue to move through in low numbers with four Whitethroat, three Wheatear, including at least one Greenland race, two Willow and a Reed Warbler. Overhead 24 Swallow, six House and four Sand Martin, four Rook, two Buzzard and a Jackdaw

Small parties of Whimbrel kept arriving in off the sea, their whistling call could be heard from the estuary throughout the day, with 69 in the Bight at dusk. Other counts from the estuary included 51 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Grey and two Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, seven Curlew, four Knot, three Sanderling, two Dark-bellied Brent Goose and single Redshank and Greenshank.

Offshore 37 Sandwich Tern, three Common Scoter, three Great Crested Grebe and two Red-throated Diver.

Wildlife News: Again few insects on the wing with singles of Speckled Wood, Slender Melanstoma M.scalare and Sandpit Mining Bee noted and a Waved Umber roosting by security lights. 

Small Adder's-tongue - Kevin Rylands

A nest of vipers - Kevin Rylands

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