Sunday 18 February 2024

Sunday 18th February

An impressive count of 124 Siskin commuted between Alders across the site and the mainland, the highest count outside the period 20 Sep - 05 Nov, all from vismig with the previous best 100 on 6 Jan 1994. Also on site a Firecrest in sallows near the Dune Pond, with five Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff in the bushes. 

In the estuary very low numbers for WeBS an hour before the lowest high tide of the month with just 214 Oystercatcher, 27 Sanderling, 19 Turnstone, 14 Curlew, five Dunlin and three Bar-tailed Godwit present. Later counts included 276 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 93 Redshank, 44 Teal, nine Greenshank, eight Eider, six Lesser Black-backed Gull, five Red-breasted Merganser and two Goldeneye.

Elsewhere an hour seawatch saw 42 Gannet, three Kittiwake, a Great Northern Diver and a Common Scoter flew SW with 23 Great Crested Grebe, eight Red-throated and three Great Northern Diver on the sea; a Jack Snipe flushed from Greenland Lake, six Shoveler on the Main Pond and four Rook and two Jackdaw flew overhead.

Other Wildlife: A single Red Admiral was on the wing with a few Common Dronefly and a migrant Rush Veneer

Hebrew Character - Kevin Rylands

Feverfly - Alan Keatley

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