Friday, 18 March 2016


A red squirrel made a surprise appearance after a very long absence in the East Mersea garden near Meeting Lane of Michael and Sarah Thorley on Tuesday 15th.

It was seen by their feeders for a few minutes, nibbling at the peanuts through the mesh.

This is the first red squirrel sighting for about three years in their garden, when one of the very early released squirrels paid Michael and Sarah's garden a visit.

The country park's grazing fields have been so heavily grazed this winter that the grass look more brown than green. On a sunny Thursday 17th there were 600+ brent geese, 1000 wigeon, 300 teal, 30 shelduck and 30 black-tailed godwits feeding in the fields.

By the park pond the Cetti's warbler was enjoying the sunshine as it preened and called several times out in the open. At least a couple of siskins were feeding in the alders by the pond, a sparrowhawk was mobbed as it flew out of the copse and a grey heron stood on a clump of reeds.
The resident pair of kestrels were being very vocal to each other by the pond on both Thursday and Friday.

The pair of swans along the park dyke looked like they were nest-building amongst the reeds. Also 8 tufted duck and 4 little grebes along the dyke too. 

The brent geese have returned to feed on the winter wheat field by Bromans Lane, after an absence of a couple of months. There were about 600 geese seen here during Friday 18th.

Ten great crested grebes were seen, one pictured above, from East Mersea Point in the river Colne on Thursday, also a pair of red-breasted mergansers.
In the distance a male marsh harrier flew over Langenhoe while a common buzzard was flying over woodland near Brightlingsea church.

At least three adders were basking in the sunshine at the park on Thursday.

A water rail showed itself by the park pond on Sunday 13th, seen by Neil Mortimer.

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