Saturday 13 April 2024

Saturday 13th April

Counts from the estuary included 45 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Pale and 14 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, six Eider, six Whimbrel, five Grey Plover, two Redshank, a Sanderling and a Dunlin.

Elsewhere a one hour 45min seawatch saw 17 Common Scoter, six Red-throated Diver and a Little Egret head SW with a Great Northern Diver offshore; and grounded migrants included six Wheatear and a Willow Warbler with 14 Chiffchaff and seven Blackcap a mix of new arrivals and birds holding territory.

Other Wildlife: A good selection of insects on the wing prompted by the warmest day of the year, including the first Holly Blue of the year, at least ten Orange-tip and four Peacock.

Red Mason Bee - Alan Keatley

Bees included Short-fringed Mining Bee Andrena dorsataRed Mason Bee Osmia bicornis and Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee Bombus vestalis, with Marsh Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus hybridus, a few Spring Epistrophe E. eligansseveral displaying and mating Celery Fly Euleia heraclei, the ichneumon wasp Ichneumon stramentor and the sawfly Aglaostigma aucupariae all making their first appearances of the year.

Marsh Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus hybridus - Alan Keatley

Celery Fly Euleia heraclei - Alan Keatley

A new species for the Recording Area, Harpactea hombergi, a largely nocturnal woodlouse hunting spider, was found near the station.

Harpactea hombergi - Alan Keatley

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