Thursday 21 March 2024

Thursday 21st March

A low tide afternoon visit, reflected by low bird numbers in the estuary, although two Sandwich Tern were present. Offshore was more productive with four Great Northern Diver and 10 Great Crested Grebe in flat calm conditions.

Elsewhere four Chiffchaff were on site with three Teal still on the Main Pond, alongside breeding Little Grebe and Moorhen and prospecting Canada Geese and Mute Swan

Other Wildlife: The bright warm weather encouraged more insects to make their first appearance of the year including a Comma on the Dune Ridge, with three Peacock and a Speckled Wood also on the wing.

Comma - Alan Keatley

Bumblebees are also emerging from their winter hibernation with queen Common Carder Bee and Red-tailed Bumblebee in the Buffer Zone alongside several Buff-tailed Bumblebee. One of the few furrow bees to appear in March, a Shaggy Furrow Bee Lasioglossum villosulum was nectaring on a Dandelion. Several male Hairy-footed Flower Bee were busy around the planted Rosemary near the crazy golf. 

Shaggy Furrow Bee - Alan Keatley

Hairy-footed Flower Bee - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere it was just about sunny enough for a few Sand Crocus to make an appearance and a Common Groundhopper was a welcome find amongst the Marram on the Dune Ridge, the first record for several years.

Sand Crocus, an unusually dark flower - Alan Keatley

Common Groundhopper - Alan Keatley

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