Tuesday 23 April 2024

Tuesday 23rd April

Migrant warblers were in full voice with two Reed and a Willow Warbler at the Main Pond, with five Whitethroat and several Blackcap and Chiffchaff spread throughout the reserve. Also at the Main Pond a posse of thirteen young Mallard ducklings staying close to mum as she was hassled by a couple of males. A typically silent male Bullfinch was deep in the Entrance Bushes. 

Mallard - Alan Keatley

Bullfinch - Dean Hall

Many of the waders from the last couple of days have moved on but a dozen Whimbrel were passing through and a mixed flock of 29 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin and a Sanderling were in The Bight. Other records from the estuary included 18 Dark and seven Pale-bellied Brent Goose, eight Sandwich Tern and a lone Eider.

Other Wildlife: Despite the seemingly ideal conditions no butterflies were recorded today, a Xylota segnis sheltering in the bushes, was one of just one of a few hoverflies as well. 

Xylota segnis - Alan Keatley

Species that were on the wing included a few Green Longhorn Adela reaumurella moths and a queen Median Wasp Dolichovespula media.

Median Wasp - Alan Keatley

Green Longhorn - Alan Keatley

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