Thursday 15 February 2024

Thursday 15th February

The high spring tide left few exposed roosting areas with Dunlin and other small waders almost constantly in the air, before eventually settling on Finger Point. A flock of 60 Black-tailed Godwit flew into the saltmarsh but didn't stay for long, other records included a single Pale-bellied with 390 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 120 Bar-tailed Godwit, 60 Redshank, 37 Grey Plover, a Greenshank and an immature male Eider

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - Alan Keatley

Eider - Dean Hall

Elsewhere 12 Siskin and a Goldcrest were in the bushes, four Shoveler were on the Main Pond and single Common Scoter and Great Northern Diver were offshore.

Cirl Bunting - Dean Hall

Other Wildlife: A dry and bright morning saw the second butterfly species of the year on the wing, a Peacock. The Alexanders continue to attract good numbers of flies including Common Dronefly and a Marmalade Hoverfly.

Common Damselbug Nabis rugosus - Alan Keatley

Hypera arator a sea-spurrey weevil - Alan Keatley

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