Sunday, 6 March 2016


Nice surprise first thing in the morning of Saturday 5th as I was driving was seeing a pair of grey partridges trotting across the East Mersea road near the Dog & Pheasant pub. I stopped the car and managed to snap this photo of one of the birds before it scuttled too far away. These are the first grey partridges I've seen on the Island for several months.

Also noted first thing on Saturday by the road was a singing corn bunting in Chapmans Lane.

From the country park five Slavonian grebes were on the sea to the south-west in the morning. A siskin flew over the car park calling.
The adder was enjoying the morning sunshine at the park on Sunday.

At West Mersea a shag and great northern diver were seen from the Esplanade by Steve Entwistle.

A pair of stock doves was feeding in front of the hide by the pond on Sunday 6th, the sun shining on their iridescent green neck patch.

At least three siskins were feeding in the alders near the pond, two little egrets, four tufted ducks and eight gadwall were noted at the pond.
The Cetti's warbler was singing and calling quite frequently in the morning sunshine and even showed well to Steve when it perched up beside the pond.

A peregrine had all the birds fleeing away from the grazing fields mid-morning as it drifted north-eastwards.
Birds that returned to the fields included 200 black-tailed godwits, 100 redshank, 44 shelduck, 500+ wigeon, with a few turnstone, lapwing, dunlin and grey plover.

At West Mersea the black brant was reported from the Hard while offshore a great northern diver, red-throated diver and a Slavonian grebe were seen by Daryl Rhymes.
A common buzzard perched by the East Mersea road by Bocking Hall was noted by Steve.

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