Friday 5 May 2023

Friday 5th May

An early morning seawatch recorded a single Pomarine and a dark phase Arctic Skua south along with 20 Manx Shearwater, a Great Northern Diver and 27 Sandwich Tern.

There was no sign of any new migrants, so a male Red-spotted Bluethroat in scrub between the Main Pond and the Golf Course, was a double surprise for the fortunate observers, 'the rare always travels alone'. The long-awaited first record for the Warren, typically for the species it was not seen again. Those searching did however see two or three Red Kite, one SW at 10.25 and two NE at 10.55. 

New arrivals were also sparse in the estuary with counts including 79 Dunlin, 43 Bar-tailed Godwit, 31 Whimbrel, 12 Ringed and five Grey Plover, two Turnstone and single Knot and Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Wildlife News: Again few insects but a couple of Peacock were on the wing. In the damp conditions single Water Vole were seen on the Golf Course and at the Main Pond, and two other Warren firsts were found, Microplana terrestris, a terrestrial flatworm and Gnomonia cerastris, a micro-fungi on dead Sycamore leaves. 

Microplana terrestris - Kevin Rylands

No comments:

Post a Comment