Tuesday, 4 May 2010

A wet and windy bank holiday weekend, well you didn't expect sunshine, did you!


A wet weekend with strong winds particularly on the Sunday, didn't stop some people from getting out, and there was plenty to see!
Common Terns were seen fishing along the fleet at Wat Tyler Country Park and two Turtle Doves were 'purring' away near the motorboat museum hide. From the perimeter path a Nightingale could be heard singing on the former county tip. Whitethroat and Blackcap have increased in number and provided a constant musical backdrop to Monday's dawn chorus walk. The male Cuckoo continues to sing near holly cottage. While out on Vange Marsh reserve the drake Garganey reappeared and is still present today. Swift numbers have increased and as the wet overcast conditions kept their food source, flying insects low. This provided a spectacular aerial display often at head height.. West Canvey Marsh saw the pair of Black-necked Grebes return today to the reservoir, while the delightful song of Skylark appears to follow you around the reserve. A Cuckoo can be heard singing near the seawall and both Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat can be heard singing from the hedgerows. All in all despite the weather not a bad weekend!