What's out there now - March 2020 Part 1

With all LymNats walks cancelled until further notice as a result of the dreaded virus and government advice these short notes are intended show what is about and what members are seeing as Spring unfolds.

Adders, Pennington Marsh © Richard Smith
During the last spell of sunshine Brimstone butterflies were on the wing locally and elsewhere in Hampshire people have been seeing the first Wheatears and Sand Martins. Richard Smith has seen Adders down on Pennington Marsh

Two nights ago a Fox was caught on camera at Pennington and this morning a Chiffchaff was feeding in blossom of a flowering cherry.

Chris Robinson was along the seawall from Keyhaven recently and had good views of Spoonbill and Ruff as well as a singing Song Thrush.

Spoonbill landing © Chris Robinson

A male Ruff © Chris Robinson

Song Thrush in full song © Chris Robinson

It won't be long before our wintering Brent Geese leave for their northern breeding grounds and yesterday Richard Coomber found a number of last year's youngsters in the flock grazing in the fields at Cut Bridge. Amongst the spring flowers Early Scurvygrass and Alexanders were conspicuous on the sea wall.

Brent Geese near Cut Bridge © Richard Coomber

Early Scurvygrass © Richard Coomber
Alexanders © Richard Coomber

Have you seen anything you would like to share on these postings? Hopefully we will publish more over the coming weeks. Keep well!

RC 19 March 2020