From the nearby seawall by the Golfhouse a long-tailed duck was seen in the river Colne, although it flew further into the distance near Rat Island. Four common scoter, ten great crested grebes and a common seal were also in the river while earlier 3 velvet scoter and a goldeneye were seen by Martin Cock. On the mud near Ivy Dock were 200 avocets.
A Lapland bunting flew around calling over the weedy middle field before dropping down and not being seen again. Also here were 3 corn buntings, 30 linnets, 30 reed buntings while a green sandpiper and a common snipe flew out of the ditches. A marsh harrier quartered the fields and a sparrowhawk was seen flying over Ray Island.
A peregrine swooped low after some of the lapwings and golden plover on the Chapmans Lane field on Sunday 4th.
A great northern diver was seen offshore from the Esplanade on Sunday by Martin.
Three velvet scoters and three common scoters could be seen feeding in the middle of the Colne opposite Langenhoe Point. Two red-breasted mergansers, common scoter, 100 avocets and 50 bar-tailed godwit were along the Pyefleet Channel. A kingfisher perched briefly on a tall post in the channel before flying over the seawall. A water rail called from the nearby dyke.
There was the nice sight of a red squirrel scampering back up into the trees on the north-east corner of Fishponds Wood, as I walked back to the wood.