Saturday 24 February 2024

Saturday 24th February

Counts from the estuary included c920 Dunlin, 76 Bar and 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Redshank, 53 Grey Plover, 35 Turnstone, 32 Knot, 20 Teal, the nine Eider, five Sanderling, two Greenshank and two Red-breasted Merganser. Also present a Water Pipit in the saltmarsh, the Pale-bellied Brent Goose and an injured Great Northern Diver sat on the mudflats by Shutterton Creek. Elsewhere hundreds of Black-tailed Godwit in huge flock were stood on Cockle Sands, Exmouth on the ebbing tide.

Offshore nine Great Crested Grebe, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, with four Siskin and single Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in the bushes and three Shoveler on the Main Pond. 

Stonechat - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: The Grey Squirrel was still in the Entrance Bushes and the spring-like weather saw Common Spotted Field Syrph Eupeodes luniger and the kelp fly Coleopa frigida on the wing for the first time this year.

Common Spotted Field Syrph Eupeodes luniger - Alan Keatley

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