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LOCALBIRDER – EAST MERSEA – Wednesday 28th August 2013

A superb day out at East Mersea. Our walk took us through the country park where we noted good numbers of COMMON SNIPE, TEAL, WIGEON and BLACK-TAILED GODWITS on the flooded pools. Further along the seawall we found our first WHINCHAT and around 12 YELLOW WAGTAILS feeding amongst the feet of the cattle. The mudflats held two GOLDEN PLOVER plus larger numbers of BLACK-TAILED GODWITS with some BAR-TAILED thrown in for good measure.

The bushes and scrub were magnets for warblers with both LESSER and COMMON WHITETHROATS noted. A horse paddock produced a WHEATEAR and yet another WHINCHAT was seen perched along the fenceline. Hot weather enticed a few raptors including MARSH HARRIER, COMMON BUZZARD and SPARROWHAWKS.

We enjoyed lunch in the baking sunshine which gave us a chance to scan the smaller waders and they included 7 CURLEW SANDPIPER, 120 RINGED PLOVER and around 80 DUNLIN. A good number of LITTLE and COMMON TERNS fished in the Pyefleet Channel and a short while later, we discovered a juvenile BLACK TERN fishing with them!

We carried onwards noting another WHEATEAR and a GREEN SANDPIPER in a borrowdyke whilst as the tide came inwards, a COMMON SEAL appeared. CLOUDED YELLOWS were numerous and our return leg produced another SPARROWHAWK, 3 BROWN HARES and some HOUSE SPARROWS along the hedges.

Once back we enjoyed an Icecream in the carpark before heading for home.