Monday 18 March 2024

Monday 18th March

A 1 hr 15min seawatch saw four Common Scoter and three Red-throated Diver head SW, with two Sandwich Tern, seven Great Crested Grebe, two Great Northern and Red-throated Diver offshore.

Records from the estuary included the nine Eider and a 2cy Mediterranean Gull on Bull Hill with counts including 55 Turnstone, 36 Oystercatcher, 21 Teal, 21 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 13 Redshank, eight Greenshank and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser.

Elsewhere a Sand Martin flew north, six immature Mute Swan flew SW out of estuary and a Chiffchaff on Warren Point was one of five on site. 

Other Wildlife: The second day of spring sunshine saw the first emergence of the Warren (Sand) Crocus, with at least 15 plants in flower.

The same weather encouraged a couple of basking Common Lizard and the first Speckled Wood of the year along the Back Path, with two Peacock again on the wing. 

Speckled Wood - Alan Keatley

Various other insects also made their first appearance of the year, including Small Sallow Mining Bee Andrena praecox, Common Green Furrow Bee Lasioglossum morio and a couple of male Hairy-footed Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes busy nectaring and an early Plain-faced Dronefly Eristalis arbustorum basking in the warm sunshine. 

Common Green Furrow Bee - Alan Keatley

Other firsts for the year the weevil Euophryum confine and the  nationally scarce Dune Jumper Marpissa nivoyi and Sand-bear Spider Arctosa perita.

Euophryum confine - Alan Keatley

Dune Jumper Marpissa nivoyi - Alan Keatley

Sand-bear Spider Arctosa perita - Alan Keatley

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