Monday, 9 December 2013


This confiding group of brent geese were feeding on the algae on the mud close to the car park at the West Mersea Hard on Monday 9th. The main flock of brent geese were feeding on the arable fields on the Peldon side of the Ray Channel. In the Strood Channel 26 little grebes were amongst the moorings but no sign of the great northern diver today.

A female marsh harrier was quartering the Strood fields while in the distance a male marsh harrier crossed the Strood causeway towards Ray Island. A female sparrowhawk flew low inside the scrubby bushes just along from the Dabchicks, sending 20 blackbirds and one fieldfare fleeing for their safety.

At the south-west end of the Strood seawall the pair of stonechats were seen again - first time for a fortnight. Also thirty linnets perched up on some wires and two reed buntings were along the dyke.

From Kingsland Road a black-necked grebe, Slavonian grebe and a great northern diver were seen in the morning. Martin Cock saw the female goosander in the Pyefleet Channel again on Monday morning.

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