Saturday 28 November 2009

Essex – The Walls, Mistley – 22nd November 2009

A long time ago an RSPB Warden said to me, when I was talking about different types of waders seen in an East Anglian winter, that the best place to brush up on my ID skills was the shore line at Mistley. That fact still holds true today.

Within ten minutes of being there we had seen Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Redshank and Dunlin along with Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Shellduck, Widgeon, Pintail, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull and Little Egret.

All just on the proverbial doorstep!

Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 244 Month bird count: 58