A hobby raced along the seawall to snatch a small insect presumably a dragonfly which it proceeded to eat. It then circled slowly round, gaining height until it disappeared as a tiny speck in the sky and was lost to view.
A female marsh harrier was seen hunting over a nearby field, while on Langenhoe a juvenile harrier was seen catching some prey from an adult male while a fellow juvenile sibling eagerly followed close-by.
Had to disturb some of the local sheep from a footpath, that were enjoying the cool shade under the trees from the heat of the mid-day sun. As I passed through the Shop Lane conifer wood, I recognised the loud chipping calls of a crossbill nearby. The bird flew a short distance but I was unable to see it in flight.
Luckily the bird landed in another section of pine trees and after some careful scanning of the tree-tops, I located a female crossbill perched high up. The distinctive feature of its' cross-bill could be made out, as the bird called repeatedly. Having watched it for only five or so seconds, the bird flew off, being followed by a second bird, they disappeared off to the south-east, calling as they went.
The last crossbills that were seen on the Island were about five years ago when a group of ten were seen in West Mersea. This summer in the last few weeks there have been quite a few sightings of crossbills across Essex, presumably part of an influx from the continent.