7 members and 2 visitors met in the Woodrolfe Road car park at Tollesbury. The weather was fine, no cloud and quite hot. Walking on the right-hand path there was a pleasant breeze and we saw a good number of species as below: Fortunately we had all brought food and drink with us as all the cafes were closed.
Mallard, Swallow, House Martin, House Sparrow, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull, Marsh Harrier (Male), Oystercatcher, Skylark, Shelduck, Starling, Lapwing, Whitethroat, Little Egret, Carrion Crow, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw.
Mallow, Dog Rose, White Clover.
The next meeting will be at Cudmore Grove, East Mersea on 14 July meeting in the Car Park at 10 a.m. Car sharing is allowed at the moment (subject to sensible precautions) which will also help with parking costs. There should be pay and display available rather than pre-pay on line, but have your own sanitizer with you for when you use the machines. Also bring your own food and drink.
There is plenty of seating available at Cudmore Grove so anyone with walking difficulties can just sit and take in the beautiful views.
MEMBERS’ ACTIVITIES DURING THE MONTH
On Sunday (13 June) I decided to treat myself to a morning’s bird-watching somewhere where I hadn’t been for a while, so I got up early and headed for Clements Green Creek at Woodham Ferrers. It was a beautiful morning with a little breeze, but it threatened to be hot later in the day. There were joggers and cyclists and dog-walkers out but there is plenty of space and the atmosphere was quiet and peaceful. There were wild roses everywhere, and clumps of buttercups, all being visited by small heath butterflies.
I saw or heard 28 different species of bird which I have listed below. I was delighted to see that one of the pairs of swans had two cygnets, but there were two main highlights of my morning. One was successfully identifying the song of a lesser whitethroat, which I had thought was a woodland bird. Referring to the RSPB website when I got home not only confirmed that I had correctly recognised the song, but informed me that its preferred habitat is reed beds. Perfect! The second was spending 10 minutes watching a pair of reed warblers, usually rather shy birds, picking the dead flowers from last year’s reeds and taking them down to presumably build a new nest. Magic moments!
blackbird; black-headed gull; Canada goose; carrion crow; Cetti’s warbler; chiff chaff; collared dove; common gull; corn bunting; cuckoo; house sparrow; lesser black-backed gull; lesser whitethroat; little egret; little grebe; moorhen; mute swan; oystercatcher; pochard; reed bunting; reed warbler; robin; sedge warbler; shelduck; skylark; tufted duck; wood pigeon; wren.
Sue and Tony report:
We have seen quite a lot of butterflies – Small Coppers at Creaksea and along the Chelmer: Speckled Woods in several places and beginning to see Small Heaths and Holly Blues all over the place.
On the Chelmer there was a range of Dragonflies and Damselflies plus many Demoiselles.
We went to Cudmore Grove on Wednesday (16 June) and were pleased to see the Sand Martins were back feeding their young. We saw a Ringed Plover leading 3 young and nesting Avocets. It was also a good place to see Whitethroats.
Sue and Tony Bridgman