Monday 11 March 2024

Monday 11th March

A morning of notable spring migration with c360 Woodpigeon heading NNE, the largest spring passage count on site, Also passing the first Stock Dove of the year in one of the pigeon flocks, 48 Jackdaw, 40 Siskin, 14 Carrion Crow, 12 Rook and a Chaffinch. Also overhead a Red Kite which headed north up the W side of estuary at 13:00. Grounded migrants where limited to five Chiffchaff and a single Wheatear

Sparrowhawk - Alan Keatley

Over the extreme high tide waders were largely restricted to the exposed groynes with counts of 431 Dunlin, 56 Grey Plover, 25 Sanderling, three Knot and just three Oystercatcher. Counts from the dropping tide included 304 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 49 Turnstone, 40 Redshank, 30 Teal, the nine Eider, five Greenshank and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser.

Two Great Northern Diver and seven Great Crested Grebe were offshore, with seven Common Scoter and a Red-throated Diver flying SW.

Year list addition,

114. Stock Dove

Other Wildlife: A Peacock was on the wing in the sunshine along with two new hoverflies for the year, a Grey-spotted Boxer Platycheirus albimanus and a Slender Melanstoma M. scalare.

Grey-spotted Boxer - Alan Keatley

Beetles below the geotubes included the first Hypocaccus dimidiatus, a clown beetle, since 2017, two more Prasocuris phellandrii and a Strawberry Seed Beetle Harpalus rufipes

Hypocaccus dimidiatus - Alan Keatley

Harpalus rufipes - Alan Keatley

A series of prints around Soft Sand Bay on Warren Point appear to belong to a Feral Cat, an unwelcome potential addition to the Recording Area's fauna. 

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