Thursday, 8 September 2016


A clouded yellow was resting beside the shrubby seablite bushes at the East Mersea Point on a dull start to Tuesday 6th.
On the wing at the park the next day were small heath, small white, comma and speckled wood.

Up to 11 mistle thrushes have been feeding at times recently on the rowan berries on the trees in the car park. The birds have managed to get through about half of the berry crop so far.

A greenshank flew over the park calling on Wednesday as did up to ten yellow wagtails during the day. By the pond 42 little egrets roosted late afternoon while a sparrowhawk and 15 goldfinches were seen.

On Tuesday a wheatear was at the Point along with 70+ linnets while a reed warbler was seen in the dyke reeds. Five yellow wagtails flew over calling, 100+ swallows flew around while 2 wigeon were at the pond.

A kingfisher was seen along the park dyke on Sunday 4th by Martin Cock.

At Maydays farm a hobby, marsh harrier, 2 common buzzard, curlew sandpiper, greenshank, 6 whinchat, 5 wheatears were also seen by Martin.

Another appearance of red squirrel feeding in the trees behind the buildings at the park on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Both times the squirrel has been feeding on the hornbeam nuts.

This is the tell-tale sign that a red squirrel has been in the hornbeam tree above because the ground is littered with these green nut clusters.
The red squirrel scampered along the car park hedgeline at the beginning of Thursday heading towards the cliff-top trees.

Five members of the Essex Moth Group joined me at the country park on Wednesday evening for a mothing session. Around sixty species of both micro and macro were noted from eight traps.

By 5am the main highlights had been 4 large thorns, hedge rustic, feathered gothic, cypress pug, orange sallow, with a small number of silver-Y, rusty dot pearl and rush veneer as migrants.

The colourful autumnal colour pattern of the centre-barred sallow came to the moth trap at the park.

Four L-album wainscots are a regular in small numbers each autumn, four came to the trap in the early hours of Thursday.

This interesting micro Dioryctria sylvestrella caught our eye with its neat markings and large size.

Two great silver diving beetles inside the traps was an unusual sight.

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