Thursday, 18 September 2014

South Essex Marshes

Tuesday evening in the hide overlooking the Veolia scrape at Wat Tyler Country Park. Counted 120+ Little Egrets roosted in trees along the western edge of the scrape. Impressive numbers with the majority coming in well before dusk and using the islands to gather and feed, I hadn't noted that in previous years. At 19.18 the Glossy Ibis came in from the east flew across the scrape and straight in to the roost and out of sight. Distant gunshots out on the marsh disturbed the roost, the Ibis circled above the roost with the Egrets before settling back down.

Glossy Ibis comes in to roost at dusk
Glossy Ibis taken last October near Wat Tyler CP
Early morning short visit today to RSPB Bowers Marsh. Out on the fresh marsh there were still two Little Egrets along with three Ruff, two Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, 13 Blackwits and 30+ Avocets. Around the reserve a flock of 18 Corn Buntings were good to see.

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Robin popped up and began singing near bunting flock