3rd May 2016

Today’s highlight was a local rarity in the shape of a female Red-crested Pochard (HJW et al) at the Dams, where there was also a Little Egret, a Dunlin and the usual cast of regulars (including e.g five Grey Herons, four Gadwall and 12 Teal). Visible migration from Muston Sands this morning included the year’s first Hobby north, a Marsh Harrier north, plus 12 Yellow Wagtails, two Swifts and 75 Goldfinches through among other migrants; a further four Yellow Wagtails through East Lea brought the day total to 16.

Little Egret at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Little Egret at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Yesterday (2nd) was quieter, with a Wheatear and four Siskins at East Lea, three Common Sandpipers at the Dams and the Surf Scoter on the north side of Carr Naze.

Red-crested Pochard at the Dams (Mark Pearson)

Red-crested Pochard at the Dams (Mark Pearson)