Wednesday 3 April 2024

Wednesday 3rd April

A one hour 15min seawatch early morning saw 96 Gannet, 25 Sandwich Tern14 Kittiwake, two Fulmar, single Red-throated and Great Northern Diver and a Kestrel head S. The first five Common Tern of the year were offshore from Exmouth early morning.

A low high tide saw The Bight devoid of small waders, although 10 Sandwich Tern were present, with 20 Dark and the seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese

Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere three Eider and a couple of Great Northern Diver were close offshore.

Great Northern Diver - Alan Keatley

Year list addition:

126. Common Tern

Other Wildlife: A bright sunny afternoon encouraged insects to appear with a male Sandpit Mining Bee Andrena barbilabris  and a pair of dagger flies, Empis femorata attached to flowering Dandelion, with a Hairy-eyed Syrphus S. torvus on Alexanders.

Sandpit Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

Basking on fresh Nettle leaves were a very early Nettle-tap, Devon's earliest ever being 2nd April 2014, and a Red Poplar Leaf Beetle Chrysomela populi.

Nettle-tap - Alan Keatley

Red Poplar Leaf Beetle - Alan Keatley

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