Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Another smart male wheatear was found on the Island on Monday 11th on the Reeveshall seawall by Glyn Evans and Andy Field during their walk along the north side of the Island doing the WeBS count. Glyn took these three bird photos.

The pale-bellied brent goose was still present on the Island, here on the saltings near the Golfhouse.
Most of the dark-bellied brent have left our shores with just a few small groups still around.

A cormorant flying along the Pyefleet Channel.

Other birds noted were 4 whimbrel on the walk, two pairs of avocet on the Reeveshall pool, pair of marsh harriers on Reeveshall and 3 yellowhammers west of Maydays. A water rail called near the Oyster Fishery.

I also had a walk along the Maydays seawall on Monday morning with a stiff breeze blowing. There was plenty of mud showing but waders and wildfowl were dotted thinly along the Pyefleet Channel. These mainly included 150+ shelduck and 100+ redshank while 17 teal and 2 black-tailed godwit were also noted.

On Reeveshall 25 greylag geese, 10 Canada geese, 50 curlew were seen while on Maydays there were 2 common buzzard, Cetti's warbler singing, 50 linnets, male stonechat and a swallow. Six marsh harriers were flying around Langenhoe ranges.
A weasel appeared briefly from the bottom of a hedgerow at Maydays.

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