Friday 26 April 2024

Friday 26th April

Spring wader passage continues with varying numbers and species moving through on a daily basis, today's counts included 76 Whimbrel, 40 Ringed Plover, 36 Dunlin, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, nine Sanderling and seven Common Sandpiper.

Whimbrel - Alan Keatley

Sandwich Tern are also varying in numbers daily at the moment, at least 62 were in the Recording Area with another 28 and two Common Tern further up the estuary. Also present 10 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, five Eider and a Red-breasted Merganser.

Elsewhere a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver and a raft of 27 Common Scoter were offshore, with single Wheatear and Willow Warbler on site and House Martin overhead.

Other Wildlife: Spring appears to be on hold for flying insects with activity restricted to sheltered spots. On nettles were the spring sawflies - Aglaostigma fulvipes, Aglaostigma aucupariae and the Common Nettle Bug Liocoris tripustulatus.

Aglaostigma aucupariae - Alan Keatley

Liocoris tripustulatus - Alan Keatley

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