Friday, 13 January 2017


One of our regular black-tailed godwits known as OYO-OLO, after its colour-ring combination, was photographed again in the park's grazing fields on Wednesday 11th by Andy Field. It was the only colour-ringed godwit amongst a small group of 16 that dropped in for the high tide roost.

This female black-tailed godwit was first ringed at Levington on the river Orwell in Suffolk in November 2011, a month later it was seen at Cudmore Grove and since then it has been seen on 26 other occasions all in north Essex, other than a sighting on its breeding grounds in south Iceland in May 2014. It seems very fond of the Stour estuary at Mistley where it has been seen 15 times but also Cudmore Grove / East Mersea where it has been seen eight times.
There was an interesting switch of estuaries last winter by this godwit when it was seen on the 7th and 16th December 2015 here at Cudmore Grove, then moved to Mistley on 24th December before being seen back at Cudmore two weeks later on 8th January 2016.
It has also been logged elsewhere at the Hythe, Fingringhoe and Old Hall Marshes.

Other birds seen on the park's grazing fields on Wednesday were 100+ redshank, one knot, common snipe, 700 wigeon, 25 shoveler, 6 greylag geese and 10 curlew.
At the back of the pond the common buzzard was perched in the copse, while a water rail fed along the pond margin in the morning and 50 wigeon were grazing the grass in the same paddock, 70 were there the previous day.

At the Point a red breasted merganser was in the Colne and a rock pipit was in the saltmarsh. A marsh harrier flew over Ivy Farm heading northwards.
The covey of eight red-legged partridge was in the field by Bromans Lane.
A shag was seen from the St Peters beach on Wednesday by Andy.

On Tuesday 10th the glossy ibis was seen on the Ray Saltings and at least one Lapland bunting and 100 linnets in the Strood fields by Steve Hunting and Colin Mackenzie-Grieve.

It was a bit bleak on a cold and windy Friday 13th for a walk along the beach to the Point - a dusting of snow lying on the beach first thing.
A peregrine flew over the clifftop and out over the foreshore early on Friday, while at the Point a red-breasted merganser and a common seal were the only things of note here.

Two snipe huddled down behind some rush clumps in the fields while 500 wigeon and 100 golden plover were the main flocks here. On the pond two tufted duck were present and 20 blackbirds in the car park area.
Eight red-legged partridge were still present in the Bromans Lane field first thing Friday.

The glossy ibis was seen again at the Strood on Thursday 12th by Martin Cock.

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