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The bittern which has taken up residence on Vange Marsh, continues to be seen albeit briefly in flight over the eastern reedbed. This bird takes some patience to see, but it is well worth putting the effort in. Probably the best place to look from is the raised path to the viewing screen, here you will...
5 Jan 2011
Recent happenings on the marshes!
An immature spoonbill was still present on Vange Marsh on Tuesday, along with two little ringed plovers and seven spotted redshanks still. A kingfisher has been seen a couple of times near the first hide on West Canvey Marsh and a common buzzard drifted over north-east Monday lunchtime. Two big local...
16 Sep 2010
Wow, it's good to be alive!
I love this time of the year, everytime you go outside, there is something new to see or hear. I stopped briefly at a local wood on the way home from Wat Tyler, and the woodland flowers are looking great with wood anemone and bluebells now starting to appear. At Wat Tyler this week I heard my first cuckoo...
17 Apr 2011
To spot a flycatcher!
The end of August/beginning of September is the prime time for finding spotted flycatchers as they stop off to feed on their long journey south. Spotted flycatchers have declined by over 50% during the last 25 years and is now a species of serious conservation concern and as such is red listed. Spotted...
3 Sep 2010
A wheatear leads the way
Had our first returning summer migrant last Friday, a stunning male wheatear on West Canvey Marsh. The males tend to arrive a week or two before the females, probably to set-up their breeding territory, ours was passing through on his way further north. At Wat Tyler Country Park up to three ruff can...
15 Mar 2011
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