Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Two red squirrels were chasing each other round the cedar tree early in the morning of Friday 1st. This female headed to the antler fixed on the tree and then spent several minutes gnawing at it.
Squirrel activity over the summer months has been much reduced to nibbling the antler, compared with the spring when there was much more nut-feeding going on.

The female peered upwards to watch the other red squirrel inspect some of the cedar limbs before it scampered up and over Firs Chase.

Other squirrel sightings include a red squirrel being seen in Bromans Lane by Annie Gordon on Thursday 24th August and one at Bromans Farm by Jo Watkins on Thursday 31st. A grey squirrel was seen at the west end of Bromans Lane by two different people within a minute of each other as they drove to the park on Tuesday 29th. There have been no more sightings so it is still at large.

A swarm of sea aster mining bees caught the eye of Andy Field at East Mersea Point on Monday 28th August.

These small mining bees are a regular sight in early autumn low down along some of the paths among the sea purslane and sea blite bushes. There is sea aster growing in the nearby saltmarsh.
Earlier in the month one or two bee wolves were found in the park cliff on Sunday 13th by members of the British Naturalists Association during a field trip from Brightlingsea. It has been several years since bee wolves were last seen at the park.

A migrant hawker photographed by Andy, a familiar dragonfly in late summer around the park.

A tatty clouded yellow found by Andy on Sunday 20th along the Shop Lane seawall.
Another clouded yellow was also seen along the park seawall on Thursday 31st.

A young scruffy robin in the middle of its moult in full adult plumage posing nicely for Andy at the park on 28th.
The only birds of note on a hot and very busy bank holiday Monday 28th at the park seen by Andy were a wheatear and willow warbler.

Birds seen at the park towards the end of August included 50 curlew roosting in the fields on 31st, also 3 yellow wagtails here while 16 little egrets were on the Golfhouse saltmarsh pools. A covey of ten red-legged partridge were in the field at the west end of Bromans Lane on the 29th and 30 little egrets roosted at the park pond.

Reptiles seen at the park recently included seven common lizards near the overflow car park on Tuesday 22nd and two adders on Thursday 31st in the main field.

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