Serin,Isla's middle name...

Serin,Isla's middle name...

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Avocets and a couple of Red Breasts!!

Visited the Essex Coast Yesterday between jobs,had to take a party up to Colchester and wait for them so i decided on a little stroll around North East Essex.First stop was tollsbury where i went to find the Red Brested Goose,which has been knocking around with the Local Brent Geese,i scanned the fields around Back Road where they have been seen but to no avail,although a bit further up towards Tollesbury i managed 8 Tree Sparrows.
I decided to hit Mersea Island and East Merseas Cudmore Grove.I enjoy this reserve,its convenient,a nice 5 minute walk down to the Sea and theres always a bit of birding to be had.
The first bird i latched onto was a cracking Male Red Brested Merganser way out at sea,then i scanned the fields to tick Brent goose,around 150 were feeding in the fields behind me.
Wader numbers were good with Sanderling a plenty,12 coming within 3 foot of me,33 turnstone were seen,black tailed godwits were around 70 with more seen out in the Colne at a distance.A single Avocet was as always a lovely bird to see,other waders were Oystercatcher,Grey plover,lapwing.A good little trip,made better by 15 Snow Bunting on the way back to the car.
I decided to have a last try for the Red Brested Goose at Back Lane and after 35 minutes around 1000 geese had congregated but as usual,its always the last one to arrive,or with the last few straddlers coming in,but at least i got my birdy.From there i headed to Braxted Park where Hawfinch had been seen but it wasw very dark and although i had a possible,i think i will go back and find it in the light before ticking it!!!
Last night Hornchurch went back to the top of the Ryman Premier,albeit with a 0-0 draw against lowly Harrow,not the best of games but i think this may of been due partly to us playing Grimsby Town on Saturday,COME ON HORNCHURCH

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