Thursday 6 April 2023

Thursday 6th April

The first two House Martin of the year flew through with light overhead passage including four Rook, three Swallow, three Chaffinch, two Jackdaw and single Meadow Pipit and Buzzard. Other migrants were also thin on the ground with two Willow Warbler and at least eight Chiffchaff.

Elsewhere six Shelduck were in the estuary with single Dark-bellied Brent Goose and Greenshank.

Wildlife News: The warmer weather saw several first emergences of the year including Speckled Wood, Large White and Early Bumblebee. Also on the wing Marmalade Hoverfly and Common Spotted Field Syrph Eupeodes luniger but the usually ubiquitous droneflies remain in very low numbers. An early Rush Veneer was flushed and a Shoulder Stripe was attracted to security lights.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Kevin Rylands

Conditions were not ideal for the Sand Crocus, but large numbers were seen on a survey of the Golf Course, with several new locations and the majority of other populations increasing. 

Sand Crocus  - Kevin Rylands

Also in flower, Shepherd's Cress, Upright Chickweed, Early Forget-me-not, Little Mouse-ear, Blinks and Cuckoo-flower.

Early Forget-me-not - Kevin Rylands

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