Thursday 8 February 2024

Thursday 8th February

The forecast morning rain didn't amount to much and the stronger winds didn't produce much offshore passage aside from 30 Gannet. On the sea were eight Great Crested Grebe. a single Red-throated Diver and a small flock of 14 Common Scoter, with five Eider off Warren Point.

At low tide, 30 Shelduck and a Greenshank were feeding in the estuary, 85 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were on the Golf Course, five Shoveler were on the Main Pond with Sparrowhawk  18 Meadow Pipit and 14 Cirl Bunting on site.

Sparrowhawk - Alan Keatley

Other Wildlife: Fewer beetles were beneath the geotubes, able to escape on the damp sand with the darkling beetle Phylan gibbus and the dung beetle Aphodius foetidus.

Phylan gibbus - Alan Keatley

A further new beetle was recorded at the geotubes on Tuesday, the nationally rare dung beetle Melinopterus consputus.

Melinopterus consputus - Alan Keatley

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