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2016 Report

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27th Mar

The wind finally dropped and allowed the temperature to rise a bit during the afternoon.
The morning's seawatch was good for variety rather than overall numbers with 722 Brent Geese, 33 Teal, 26 Pintails, 23 Shovelers, five Tufted Ducks, 110 Common Scoters and seven Red-breasted Mergansers, a party of four Avocets, two Great Skuas and three Mediterranean Gulls of note. The two Iceland Gulls remained  at the Patch.
A thorough search of the land produced the first Willow Warbler of the spring and also 13 Firecrests and ten Chiffchaffs of note whilst birds passing overhead included 20 Jackdaws, 60 Meadow Pipits, 50 Chaffinches and 25 Siskins.

Seven Porpoises were seen offshore whilst the warmer weather brought out a few insects with good numbers of Gorse Shieldbugs, at least 22 Peacock butterflies and the first Light Orange Underwing moths and Clark's Mining Bee Andrena clarkella of the spring.