Saturday 16 March 2024

Saturday 16th March

Despite the grey, drizzly weather there were signs of spring movement with three Sandwich Tern, the first of the year, in the bay, a smart ♂ Wheatear on Warren Point and seven Chiffchaff in the bushes. Overhead a Red Kite, one of three loosely together, drifted SW over the corner of the Recording Area, with single Skylark, Siskin and Meadow Pipit overhead.

The breeding season is also arriving with the pair of Mute Swan returning to the Main Pond for another season with Blue and Great Tit prospecting nestboxes.

Mute Swan - Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included 97 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 96 Dunlin, 85 Oystercatcher, 50 Turnstone, 38 Curlew, 26 Teal, 25 Sanderling, 24 Grey and five Ringed Plover, the usual nine Eider, two Greenshank, a pair of Red-breasted Merganser and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Eider (immature male) - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere two Great Northern Diver and four Great Crested Grebe were offshore with six Common Scoter and three Red-throated Diver SW during a 1h 30 min seawatch.

Year list addition

115. Sandwich Tern

Other Wildlife: The resident Grey Squirrel remains in the Entrance Bushes.

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