Friday, 18 December 2015


A grey seal was in the Pyefleet Channel by the entrance to Maydays creek on Monday 14th, seen along with a couple of common seals, here photographed by Andy Field.

One of the last times a grey seal was seen in this area where common seals normally gather, was back in February. The head shape and nostril shape, is different from a common seal as pictured below.

Two common seals were also seen in the Pyefleet on Monday.
Andy took this short video of the two seals side-by-side -

During Andy's walk along the Pyefleet on Monday with Glyn Evans, 2 short-eared owls, 2 red breasted mergansers, 3 yellowhammers, 5 redwings and 20 fieldfares were noted.

The black brant was seen again by the West Mersea Hard on Wednesday 16th by Andy Field who also saw a great northern diver offshore from Kingsland Road.
At the country park 8 siskin were again in alders by the pond with some goldfinches, also 500 brent geese and 300 black-tailed godwits in the fields.

On Tuesday 15th there was a flock of 30 fieldfares, 20 blackbirds and at least one redwing by the East Mersea church. Earlier as daybroke a barn owl was seen sitting on a fence by Bromans Farm.

A common buzzard was again in the field by Weir Farm at the beginning of Thursday 17th as it was on Monday 14th.

A barn owl was seen mid afternoon on Sunday 13th by the West Mersea allotments by Ian Black, while a Mediterranean gull was seen by Waldegraves Lane.

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