Wednesday 28 February 2024

Wednesday 28th February

A grey day with rain from mid-morning, although a singing Chiffchaff didn't seem mind. Difficult to know this time of year, whether it's an early spring migrant or a wintering bird. 

Over high tide most of the small waders weren't roosting, spending the high tide circling around offshore with just a few resting on the groynes. 

Grey Plover, Knot & Sanderling - Dean Hall

Nearly all the Oystercatcher were roosting off site on the railway wall north of Cockwood, with just 20 around the Bight. Other counts included 239 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 93 Curlew, 70 Grey Plover, 31 Turnstone, 30 Sanderling, 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Knot, the nine Eider, two Red-breasted Merganser and a Great Northern Diver

Turnstone - Dean Hall

Dunlin - Dean Hall

Elsewhere a second Great Northern Diver was offshore, a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond and late in the day the 2cy presumed Glaucous x Herring Gull again appeared on Bull Hill preroost. 

Other Wildlife: No insects were to be found on the Alexanders in the damp weather, however, two weevils made on appearance; a gorse weevil Sitona striatellus, and a clover leaf weevil Hypera postica on a shop front wall early morning.

Sitona striatellus - Alan Keatley

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