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23rd March

Another disappointing day with very few migrants to be seen. A Jack Snipe was flushed at the Long Pits where four Firecrests were also seen and with a fifth individual in the moat, seven Chiffchaffs scattered across the area and a few finches over including 12 Siskins.
The sea was very quiet with just a trickle of Brent Geese, two Red-breasted Mergansers and a single Sandwich Tern of interest.

Seven Porpoises were feeding offshore and a Brown Hare was seen in the Desert.

A visit to the RSPB revealed the continued presence of the extremely rare Grey-backed Mining Bee Andrena vaga. It would appear that this is quite an early date and typically only males were seen at this stage of the season. Females should become more frequent as the spring progresses.

Grey-backed Mining Bee Andrena vaga   RSPB Reserve   23rd March 2016