1st summer Little Gull below:
The following day we walked around The Naze EWT NR. A decent number of House Martins were the first notable sight (until this point I had seen less than 5 individuals for the year!). A Rabbit on the cliff face was accompanied by a Green Woodpecker and Common Whitethroats were singing everywhere. A few Oystercatchers screamed past and an immature Mediterranean Gull was spotted in the distance through the scope. Two juvenile Yellow Wagtails (the first juveniles I ever recall seeing) briefly dropped down onto the beach before realising our presence and flying off. As we approached the Backwaters 5 Barnacle Geese flew off heading out to the Walton Channel. A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull (perhaps the one from just a bit earlier) was sat asleep in amongst the Black-headed Gulls and a 3cy individual flew over too. A female Tufted Duck had one chick, which was the first young one I had seen this year. 2 Sandwich Terns flew south up the Walton Channel before U-turning. Several more Oystercatchers were dotted about and 2 Black-tailed Godwits flew around. The vocal Avocets and Redshanks were also enjoyable. An adult Mediterranean Gull flew low and circled for a bit whilst calling loudly. The end of our walk concluded with an energetic group of Swifts.
House Martin below:
Oystercatchers above and below
|Juvenile Yellow Wagtail|
|Female Tufted Duck|
Sandwich Tern above and below
|Adult Mediterranean Gull|
|Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull|
On the 6th we walked along the seafront from Walton-on-the-Naze to Frinton-on-Sea and then continued onto Holland Haven Country Park. The only notable new bird for the trip observed on this walk was a very vocal singing Lesser Whitethroat (so much more vocal than I've ever known the Beddington birds to be). More Mediterranean Gulls and Oystercatchers were noted on this walk, along with Swallows and House Martins, a calling Pheasant, Reed Buntings, and some obliging Linnets. Completely contrasting to The Naze, I only recorded 1 Common Whitethroat. On our way back as we approached Walton Pier the 1st summer Little Gull was flying over the promenade (caught me totally by surprise and missed a decent photo opportunity) and a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull flew west. Later on an adult Mediterranean Gull showed very well on the beach.
Singing Lesser Whitethroat below:
Adult Black-headed Gull below:
|2nd cycle Herring Gull|
1st summer Little Gull above and below
1st summer Mediterranean Gull above and below
Adult Mediterranean Gull below:
For our final full day on the Thursday, we decided to walk around The Naze EWT NR again. New birds that we hadn't seen on the 5th included: 1 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Green Sandpiper (heard only), 2 Common Tern, 1 Jay, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, and 1 juvenile Stonechat. However, the ultimate highlight was 'finding' a Spotted Redshank. Despite my best efforts (my mum continued on back towards the caravan and I stayed put) I never saw this bird. So I've still never seen a Spotted Redshank, but at least I've got a sound recording and I know that I can pick them up on call.
Calling Spotted Redshank below:
Barnacle Goose above and below
|Female Tufted Duck|
Avocets above and below
Whimbrel above and below
|Nesting Sand Martin|
|Female House Sparrow|
|Male Reed Bunting|
Full Ebird Trip Report here.