Sorry blog fans it’s been a busy few days with lots happening and little time to put fingers to key to tell you all about it.
We’ve had a good number of spring migrants coming through the Solent reserves. I saw my first Swallow at Farlington on the 9th, a day later I caught up with my first Wheatear in the main marsh and then later in the day a Yellow Wagtail at Southmoor. The terns have started to make their arrivals to the harbour, Sandwich were the first to arrive around the 7th then Common and now Little. All of which can be seen fishing off the sea walls of Farlington and Southmoor.
With recent favourable southern winds, the numbers of spring passerines has been high with Wheatear numbers fluctuating wildly (highs of 15 birds one day to none the next), presumably stopping off for a quick feed and then shooting on northwards. Other notable Farlington sightings have been Mandarin Duck on the stream (on the 14th), Ring Ouzel (female) (23rd) and 5 Little tern seen from the Farlington sea wall (also on the 23rd). More recently a Cuckoo has been spotted around the point field area and also on Tuesday I caught a glimpse of a Whinchat on the fenceline between the main marsh and mudlands.
Spring hasn’t all been about the birds though. A good number of Butterfly species are on the wing now, with all the spring species being in abundance. I also spotted my first Large red damselfly at Swanwick last Thursday as well as seeing a pair of Blackcap.
We have also been busy on the reserves with the volunteer teams doing a selection of tasks. The Beechcroft team has been busy controlling Spear thistles at Southmoor, Farlington and Swanwick and installing a bench on the seawall of Farlington. The Farlington team has started giving the hut a good spruce up on Tuesday giving it a lick of paint both inside and out, and carried out repairs on our fences before the cattle return later in the year.