Thursday 18 April 2024

Thursday 18th April

With the notable exception of a pair of Tufted Duck on the Main Pond, the site was virtually clear of migrants, with the two Whitethroat still holding territory and four Swallow around the Main Pond also likely to be local birds. Elsewhere 12 Sandwich Tern moved between the estuary and offshore.

Other Wildlife: The clear sunny weather that limited migrant arrivals was however good for insects, and for drying out the site. The first Small Copper of the year was one of four butterfly species on the wing, also at least eight Orange-tip, three Peacock and a Comma. The long awaited first Dark-edged Beefly of the year also made an appearance and a Water Vole was at the Main Pond.

Small Copper - Alan Keatley

Dark-edged Beefly - Alan Keatley

Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus - Kevin Rylands

Green-winged Orchid - Kevin Rylands

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