Sunday 28 April 2024

Sunday 28th April

Seawatching early morning was a case of quality over quantity, with the year's first Hobby in off at 6.50am, eight Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, a dark phase Arctic Skua and just four Sandwich Tern.

Counts from the estuary included 64 Whimbrel, 59 Dunlin, 34 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover, 11 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, five Eider, five Sanderling, two Knot and a Greenshank.

Elsewhere a late Snipe was in Greenland Lake, a third Lesser Whitethroat of the spring was competing with Cirl Bunting song near the Dune Pond, two Siskin, three Sand and two House Martin flew NE and a pair of Jackdaw were prospecting Langstone Rock.

Year list addition:

146. Hobby

Other Wildlife: Another cold, overcast start but  insect activity picked up as it brightened later in the day. A Green-veined White and four Orange-tip were on the wing along with Orange-belted Hoverfly Xylota segnis, Common Carpet and Sandpit Mining Bee

Orange-tip (on the larval foodplant Cuckoo-flower) - Kevin Rylands

A fifth Green-winged Orchid, a third stunted specimen, was discovered flowering, this one on Warren Point close to an existing plant. Four other species were in flower including the first Marsh Helleborine in Greenland Lake, also there ahead of translocation, Petalwort Petalophylum ralfsii. This nationally rare liverwort is being moved ahead of the expected imminent and planned breach in the Dune Ridge.

Petalwort Petalophylum ralfsii - Kevin Rylands

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