Saturday, 24 October 2015


A common seal was at the usual basking spot on the Maydays saltmarsh on Saturday 24th.

After a few minutes looking around, the seal slid down the muddy bank into the water, disappearing under for a few minutes as it swam into the Pyefleet Channel.

A short-eared owl flew up from the edge of the Maydays borrowdyke where it had been resting out of the breeze. It flew over the Pyefleet channel before returning back onto the side of the Maydays seawall. After about twenty minutes it took to the air again when a group of walkers went past.

A peregrine spent over half an hour feeding on a bird on one of the fields, at one point rising into the air calling anxiously to warn a group of rooks and jackdaws away.
A marsh harrier was seen over Reeveshall, two others were on Langenhoe as was a distant common buzzard.

Small birds seen included 4 rock pipits along the seawall, 25 skylarks on the fields, 5 reed buntings along the dyke and 10+ yellowhammers near the farm.
Forty greylag geese were on Reeveshall and 10 little egrets were on the Maydays saltings.

At Rewsalls the rose-coloured starling was seen to the west of the farm early in the afternoon but not seen later in the day. The snow bunting and two stonechats were seen by the Rewsalls marshes by Martin Cock on Saturday morning.

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