Tuesday 5 March 2024

Tuesday 5th March

A low neap tide didn't bring in many waders to The Bight, with 163 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, seven Eider, two Red-breasted Merganser and a Greenshank in the estuary.

A large flock of at least 90 Siskin were again feeding in the Alders, 19 Cirl Bunting were on site, three Shoveler at the Main Pond and at least four Chiffchaff were catching small flies in sheltered areas.

Chiffchaff - Dean Hall

Robin - Dean Hall

Other Wildlife: A sunny day, but flying insect activity was hampered by the low temperature with no butterflies venturing out. However, the year's second Yellow-legged Mining Bee Andrena flavipes made an appearance, a fortnight after the first. Numbers should start to pick up with sallows and Blackthorn beginning to flower.

Yellow-legged Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

Dorytomus taeniatus - Alan Keatley

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