Monday, 14 March 2016


The barn owls have been putting on a daily show by the Strood junction at the end of the afternoons just recently. Anne Cock took these two great photos of an obliging owl late on Sunday 13th, as her and Martin were driving past. A second barn owl was also seen in the area at the same time.

I was lucky to see one of the barn owls flew over my car on Saturday 12th at about 6pm, close to the East Mersea and West Mersea junction. The previous afternoon the barn owl was also seen near here at the end of Friday.

A flock of 400 brent geese were watched landing on a wheat field near Rewsalls marshes on a sunny but chilly Monday 14th.
Also noted in the Vineyard / Rewsalls marshes area were 100 fieldfares, 15 redwings, 1 siskin, 6 corn buntings, 20 goldfinches, 2 common snipe, little egret, 5 teal, 2 shoveler, 10 mallard and a kestrel.

A couple of male wrens were belting out their songs alongside the Coopers Beach caravan park on Monday.

Two grey herons stood near a waterlogged corner of a field at the back of Reeveshall on Sunday 13th. A sparrowhawk glided over Reeveshall while 6 redwing landed on a tree briefly to the west of Shop Lane. A tawny owl called in the middle of the day from the thicket of Gyants Marsh.

At the country park a goldcrest was in the clifftop trees and four adders were reported by Steve Entwistle.

A walk along the Strood seawall on Saturday 12th provided views of 50 knot, 5 bar-tailed godwits, 50 wigeon, 100 teal, 400 brent geese, 2 little egrets, reed bunting, rock pipit and one linnet.
The yellow-legged gull was seen by the Strood road on Saturday by Steve.

A red squirrel was reported by Sheila Rayner at the west end of Bromans Lane early on Friday 11th.

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