Friday, 14 April 2017

Ring Ouzels make a welcome stop in Essex on their way north

A short run this morning up to Landguard where we had very brief views of a potential female Ring Ouzel followed by good views of a dozen or more Wheatear and our first Little Ringed Plover of the year associating with the Ring Plovers out on the field. No sign of Black Redstart which is proving a slow tick this year.

Ring Ouzel 
Ring Ouzel

The Ouzels
Little Ringed Plover at Abberton
We moved down to East Mersea. A drive onto the island taking the left fork to East Mersea and the three mile drive to the end of the road where we parked up at the Golf House and walked down to the sea wall turning left we walked to the second paddock and this is where we enjoyed cracking views of two male Ring Ouzels in the paddock. A female Wheatear and a cracking male Yellow Wagtail were also present as was a single Redwing.

A stop at Abberton on the way home delivered our second LRP of the day/year along with a distant Scaup but no sign of the reported Velvet Scoter.

The year list now sits at 193 thanks to todays trio.

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