I therefore made my way past the hide down to the floods on the meadows which never disappoint. It is still a bit early for large numbers so that there were only half a dozen Snipe, a few Teal and a single Black-tailed Godwit, although there was a most impressive gathering of Redshank which were taking refuge from an in-coming tide.
And so on to the beach or, when the tide is still a way out, mudflats. As for the pools, it is still too early for large numbers of waders, but a few Turnstones were in evidence with distant Oystercatchers, Curlew and Dunlin.
But if the Yellow Wagtails got the medal of the day at Abberton, then at East Mersea it must go to the six Golden Plover, freshly arrived back for the Winter. Although their colouration makes them very hard to see at times, especially against a muddy background, when the sun comes out they positively glow.