Monday 29 April 2024

Monday 29th April

Seawatching for 1 hr 45 min early morning saw c200 Guillemot, 120+ Manx Shearwater, 104 Gannet and 85+ Kittiwake flew SW with 16 Common Scoter, nine Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver. Also offshore a pale phase Arctic Skua flew into the bay, 10 Sandwich and a Little Tern were foraging and a ♀ Eider was off the seawall.

Counts from the estuary included 46 Whimbrel, 25 Dunlin, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Eider, four Knot, two Sanderling and single Greenshank and Redshank. Elsewhere other migrants were limited to eight Wheatear on site and two Rook and a Sand Martin overhead.

Other Wildlife: Too windy for most flying insects with just a few hoverflies keeping low to the ground, including the first Common Snout Rhingia campestris of the year. Also keeping out of the wind was a Cricket Bat Spider Mangora acalypha tucked away in a Nettle leaf.

Common Snout Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Cricket Bat Spider - Alan Keatley

Two beetles no doubt dislodged from higher branches were the longhorn Common Grammoptera G. ruficornis and an Alder Leaf Beetle Agelastica alni. A third species, the ground dwelling pill beetle Cytilus sericeus was new for the Recording Area.

Common Grammoptera - Alan Keatley

Alder Leaf Beetle - Alan Keatley

Cytilus sericeus - Kevin Rylands

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