Monday 11 December 2023

Monday 11th December

The Spotted Redshank made another of its infrequent appearances in the Recording Area, roosting on Finger Point with 159 Redshank. High tide wader roosts numbered c1245 Dunlin, 1094 Oystercatcher, 126 Grey Plover, 121 Bar-tailed Godwit, 78 Turnstone, 42 Knot, five Greenshank and a Sanderling. Wildfowl numbers included 804 Wigeon,198 Dark and five Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 192 Teal and 79 Shelduck.

Offshore 135 Kittiwake few SW in an hour early morning, two Great Northern Diver flew E, with the eight Eider, five Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver often close inshore.

Elsewhere the Dartford Warbler was again on the Golf Course, three Shoveler (♂♂♀) were on the Main Pond, five Chiffchaff and four Goldcrest were in the bushes and several ♂ Cirl Bunting were in good voice.

Chiffchaff - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: A calm and tranquil winters day with pleasantly warm sunny weather meant good conditions for flying insects to be active. A Red Admiral flew past the beach huts, one of which hosted an unseasonal mirid bug, Dicyphus errans, the first for the year. 

Dicyphus errans - Alan Keatley

Most activity was around the flowering Hebe with at least a dozen Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Common Dronefly and a couple of Marmalade Hoverfly. Preferring Gorse were a nectaring Honey Bee and the migrant hoverfly, White-clubbed Glasswing Scaeva pyrastri.

Honey Bee - Alan Keatley

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