Friday, 14 April 2017


The two ring ouzels were present for a second day near the East Mersea Golfhouse, with one of the birds now having been present since Wednesday. Both birds showed well all day in the sheep field, sometimes flying into the nearby hedge for a few minutes before dropping back down into the field again. Sean Nixon kindly passed onto me these two photos he took on Friday of one of the ring ouzels.

One of the male ring ouzels was heard singing from the nearby hedge and on another occasion was heard making its harsh chacking call.

Also in the field was a male yellow wagtail earlier in the morning, a female wheatear, redwing, 5 song thrushes while two swallows hawked along the seawall.

Two common scoter, two great crested grebes and at least two common terns were in the Colne while two avocets were on the saltmarsh and ten sanderling were on the beach just after high tide.

A willow warbler was singing in trees on the park cliff-top on Friday morning, skilfully photographed through the tangle of branches and twigs by Sean. Two other willow warblers were also noted at West Mersea in Firs Chase and Strood Close.

Three different common whitethroats were heard singing, one at the back of the grazing fields, another at the top of Bromans Lane and a third between Bromans and North Farm.
A pair of grey partridge was seen in one of the fields to the north of the park by Andy Field on Friday morning.
At the end of Friday as the light faded, a little owl perched on a bare tree at the top of Bromans Lane, before flying low across the field.

One of the coots along the park borrowdyke was sitting tightly on her nest which will hopefully become more concealed as the club-rushes grow up around it.

Up to 14 tufted ducks were on the park pond and also the nearby dyke. In the grazing fields 78 black-tailed godwits roosted along with ten redshank in the afternoon.

This web of brown-tail moth caterpillars has started to defoliate a blackthorn bush next to the dyke.

Seven speckled woods were noted around the park, also holly blue, orange-tip, peacock and comma. One adder was noted at the park in the morning and a muntjac deer was seen by Andy Field to the north of the park.

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