Friday, 4 January 2019


Three white-fronted geese were found grazing with the other wildfowl in the park's grazing fields on Thursday 3rd. Andy Field took these first two pictures early in the afternoon.

The white-fronted geese appeared to be a small family group of two adults and a juvenile, pictured above on the left.

The white-fronted geese were in the middle of the field, this picture taken from the seawall as it was grazing with some wigeon. They later walked over the field to graze with the brent geese. They weren't present the following day.
A pale-bellied brent goose was also seen in the flock of 600 brent geese.

The shorelark was present on the East Mersea Point on Wednesday, Thursday and despite being flushed by a dog-walker and flying over to Brightlingsea, it was back on the beach on Friday.

A flock of brent geese was feeding along the shoreline beside the country park beach on Wednesday 2nd. Offshore two gannets in the distance were circling over the sea near Colne Point and diving into the water to fish, also 500+ gulls flying about this area too. Off Cosways were 5 Slavonian grebes, 80+ great crested grebes, 10 red-throated divers and a great northern diver, while in the Colne were 4 red-breasted mergansers.

A buzzard flew over the park field, 5 redwing and 2 goldcrest in the park trees, in the fields were 600 brent geese, 500 wigeon, 125 lapwing, 10 black-tailed godwits, with 100 teal on the saltmarsh, 200 knot and 10 sanderling seen from the Point.
Two red squirrels scrambled through the trees in the hedgeline by the car park at the park early on Wednesday morning.

On Thursday 3rd two Slavonian grebes and a red-throated diver and 2 gannets were seen offshore from the park with a great northern diver seen by Andy. A common buzzard was perched at the back of the fields. Two great northern divers and a Slavonian grebe were seen from the West Mersea Esplanade by Yvonne Watling Hu on Thursday.

Offshore from the park on Friday 4th were 9 Slavonian grebes, 2 gannets by Colne Point again, while at the Point a red-breasted merganser flew up river and a grey seal was close-in. Two snipe flew over the fields, 15 greylag geese grazing before flying off, rock pipit flew off the saltmarsh, 100+ avocets on the outer mud, buzzard flew over the pond, 9 tufted duck and 14 gadwall on the pond and a peregrine was seen scattering birds near the Point by Martin Cock. A great northern diver, 4 Mediterranean gulls and 20 sanderling were seen by Yvonne Watling Hu at East Mersea Point on Friday.

A barn owl flew near the East Mersea road at Weir Farm early morning on Friday 4th and one perched by the road near Church Lane early evening.

At West Mersea the black brant was seen feeding with brent in the field between the Seaview and Waldegraves caravan sites by Andrew Thompson on Friday.

The firecrest was seen over three days in West Mersea along the footpath at the top of the Firs Chase caravan site. First found on Monday 30th, it was photographed as shown here by Andy Field on Tuesday 1st and then seen again by Martin Cock on Wednesday after an hour of waiting but not seen on Friday.
Nearby a lesser whitethroat was photographed by Jonathan Bustard on Friday in the Firs Chase cemetery.

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