Monday, 8 October 2018


The first flocks of brent geese have been seen in the last few days at both East Mersea and along the Strood at West Mersea, where a handful of the fifteen were pictured at the latter on Monday 8th.
Also along the Strood channel were 20 wigeon, 30 lapwing, greenshank, two common terns and 16 little grebes.

On one of the Strood stubble fields on Monday was a flock of 200 golden plover. Also pair of stonechat, 200+ linnets, 30 skylark, rock pipit, kestrel and a common buzzard over the fields. Two marsh harriers flew over Ray Island while by the caravan site were 3 chiffchaffs, 10 blackbirds and 3 song thrushes.

At the country park on Sunday 7th twelve brent geese were seen by the Point, the first ones of the winter at this end of the Island. Also of note at the Point as the tide came in were 100 wigeon, 2 sanderling, 1500 dunlin, rock pipit, 25 shelduck and offshore were ten common terns fishing.

On the grazing fields were 160 curlew and  a Mediterranean gull during high tide while at the end of the day there was a calling grey partridge and a common buzzard in the fields along with a pair of Muntjac deer. At the pond were 42 little egrets roosting, a siskin flew over calling, 2 swallows flew west and a goldcrest was heard too.
At Coopers Beach 15+ brent geese and 3 stonechats were seen by Andy Field on Sunday.

A male marsh harrier passed low over the park entrance on Friday 5th as it flew west, the little owl was in the car park at the start of the day and possibly the same bird perched in the overflow calling at dusk. A grey wagtail flew over calling as did a snipe and whimbrel during the day.

On Thursday a peregrine flew over the park pond late on Thursday 4th, a sparrowhawk was seen near the pond earlier in the day. On Wednesday five swallows flew over the park while offshore Andy Field saw a red-throated diver.

A red squirrel was seen on the park beach on Tuesday and managed to evade some dogs by clambering onto the line of old polder posts on the mudflats. It's assumed it managed to get back to dry land later.

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