Saturday, 23 January 2010
ESSEX: Wallasea Island - its location and birds today
Wallasea Island reserve is situated here - click link below
Observations today included 8 Bewick's Swans (4 near Grapnells with Mutes, 4 out on fields to south of island), 1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx), 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (at least 1 1st winter and 1 adult, possibly more), 1 Black Brant (at least 1 really obvious bird, possibly another less well marked), 1 RED-BREASTED GOOSE (adult with brent in NE corner, flushed to south of island but refound later), 1 Marsh Harrier (female late morning), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail through mid afternoon), 1 Merlin (ad female late morning chasing Meadow Pipit).
There were also two odd birds amongst the brent flock that require a bit of research, essentially showing a large flared pale grey flank patch, unlike Black Brant, Pale Bellied or Dark Bellied. Hopefully the flock will be back on its favoured field at the NE corner by tomorrow.
The Wetlands will be open from 8 to 4:30 as usual. There may be a few more cars than usual so if the car park is full please park back by the gate, not on the grass verges (Jeff Delve).