Thursday, 27 August 2015


There were now four ruff feeding on the main pool in the park's grazing fields on Thursday 27th, the new bird dropping in earlier today.

One of the ruff was ruffling its feathers whilst it preened, while one of the other ruff fed alongside.

Other birds on the pools were ten lapwing ( two pictured above), 20 black-tailed godwits, one snipe, shoveler and seventy teal.

One of the spotted flycatchers was still in the same spot on Thursday afternoon. A second bird was also seen near the park entrance by Martin Cock.
A garden warbler spent the day feeding in the hedge behind the pond, where it could be seen eating elderberries and some of the blackberries. Also four blackcaps, 3 lesser whitethroats, 4 willow/chiffs and 4 whitethroats in the nearby bushes.

An evening visit to the north side of the Island on Thursday provided views of 3 marsh harriers, 4 yellow wagtails, 70 avocets, greenshank calling,10 common terns, common buzzard and a distant view in the haze of possibly the osprey perched on its regular pole on the Geedons.

Couldn't help but notice that some metal birds put on a nice display in the skies over Clacton, with reasonable views from the country park.

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