Monday, 4 January 2016

A Winter Visit to Mersea Island

23rd December 2015

A winter visit to Mersea Island but with an outside temperature of 16C it hardly felt very wintry. However, let's hope that the birds will come to the island irrespective of the weather. The flooded grazing meadow held the usual 100s of Black-tailed Godwits at their hide tide roost as well as an array of Grey Lag Geese, Brent Geese, Wigeon and a small flock of Golden Plover.

At Stone Point the tide was just starting to recede exposing several acres of mud which attracted thousands of waders, mainly Dunlin but also Grey Plover, Ringed Plover and Turnstone.

There was also a couple of hundred Knot feeding in the shallows. When they took to the air it can only be described as absolute chaos and unbelievable that there are no mid-air collisions.

But the star of the show today was this adult Mediterranean Gull at West Mersea which could not resist the lure of a crust of bread. Who said that I don't have field-craft?

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