Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Magic of East Mersea

23rd October 2013

This is my first real visit to East Mersea this winter after my rather disastrous attempt in September when the park and beach was full of holiday makers. Now it is a very different proposition with hardly a person in sight and bird numbers growing at an alarming rate.

The Little Egret roost is still attracting up to 70 birds, but today there were just a few stragglers loafing around at the back of the pond, and further down on the flooded grazing fields there were several hundred Black-tailed Godwits having a snooze after feeding all night

Duck numbers are also building up with several Teal and Wigeon.

Why go all the way to Snettisham when you can see the spectacle of large flocks of waders from The Point. OK, we are not talking about thousands, but certainly several hundred. These are Dunlin although the more eagle-eyed of you will be able to pick out a single Ringed Plover.

But the bonus today was this trio of Wigeon which gave a fly-past in formation reminiscent of the ducks hanging on the wall in Hilda Ogden's lounge.

Don't you just love East Mersea?

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