Saturday 2 December 2023

Saturday 2nd December

Continuing overnight frosts saw four Lapwing in the estuary with seven Shoveler joining the wildfowl with the Main Pond largely frozen. Counts over high tide included 1530 Dunlin, 1077 Wigeon, 837 Oystercatcher, 703 Teal, 194 Curlew, 148 Dark and 10 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 132 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 121 Grey and 35 Ringed Plover, 72 Knot, 51 Turnstone, 17 Sanderling, a ♀ Pintail and a Red-breasted Merganser.

Seven Chiffchaff, four Goldcrest and a Grey Wagtail were around the bushes, the latter closely avoiding a ♂ Sparrowhawk, with the Cetti's Warbler vocal at the Main Pond. A few Snipe were 
in the dunes and overhead along with eight Chaffinch and a Rook overhead.

Elsewhere 38 Great Crested Grebe, two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, three Common Scoter close in off Langstone Rock and despite the conditions both Collared Dove and Feral Pigeon were in song/displaying.

Other Wildlife: A few Common Dronefly were almost the only insects on the wing, but a new fly for the Recording Area was recorded, Chromatomyia scolopendri discovered mining Hart's-tongue Fern.

Chromatomyia scolopendri - Kevin Rylands

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