With drought conditions at last being officially acknowledged over most of lowland England, a return to more typical April weather was welcome. Even, so, with significant rainfall on only 11 days and none of the “torrential showers” widely forecast, the much depleted sand-
Persistent north and north-
In recent years, the large flocks of Little Gulls that used to appear in mid-
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s Martin Mere also provided great bird-
Despite the cool weather, several insects appeared during the month, amongst the earliest being Vernal Mining Bees swarming around their nest holes at Hightown dunes on 1st. Also there were two Peacock butterflies and a Red Admiral fresh out of hibernation. By 12th, Speckled Woods were nectaring on Dandelions at Freshfield Dune Heath, while on 15th a male Orange Tip visited my garden for the first time.
Being at Ainsdale on 21st, I decided to have a quick look round Pinfold Pond and was rewarded by finding ten Slender Ground-
Botanical highlights of the month included a new colony of Shepherd’s-
Record numbers of Sandwich Terns were an additional attraction, around 260 being present that afternoon. By the end of the month, the Little Gulls had increased to a spectacular 150. Seaforth also reported its first Common Tern on 13th a Swift on 27th, rather later than usual, and a Spoonbill on 28th.