Saturday 10 February 2024

Saturday 10th February

The first Little Gull of the year, a presumed adult was foraging inshore on flotsam with Black-headed, Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull. A 45min watch saw just two Red-throated Diver, two Gannet, a Fulmar and a diver sp. heading SW, although a huge, dispersed and distant foraging flock of 485+ Kittiwake were across horizon, with three Great Crested Grebe and a Great Northern Diver on the sea. 

The high tide roost was again frequently disturbed by an immature male Sparrowhawk, but selected counts included c1200 Dunlin, eventually roosting offsite, 622 Oystercatcher, 90 Redshank, 64 Teal, 48 Knot, 38 Turnstone, 17 Ringed Plover, 11 Wigeon, eight Eider, five Red-breasted Merganser and two Greenshank.

Elsewhere four Siskin and a Chiffchaff were in the bushes and six Shoveler were still on the Main Pond.

Year list addition:

107. Little Gull

Other Wildlife: More clumps of Common Frog spawn were found, this time in the flooded areas of Greenland Lake. Beetling again proved productive with a Dromius quadrimaculatus in the entrance bushes and the rove beetle Phytosus balticus, about the size of a springtail, was under driftwood in The Bight. 

Dromius quadrimaculatus - Alan Keatley

Phytosus balticus - Alan Keatley

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