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February 2017

Nobody can complain that January was a gloomy month. We’ve had just about every type of weather. Mist, fog, rain, snow and lots of sunshine in between. Sunday the 22nd of January was such a stunning day, a cloudless silvery blue sky, and so still. As always, lured to the river, I was rewarded by the sight and sounds of our winter visitors. About 200 plus Brent Geese were feeding in the field the far side of the dyke. A flash of turquoise, as a kingfisher flew off from the bank. Further along a white egret stood on the grassy bank, then silently took off as we approached.

How our River isn’t awarded an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty I don’t know.

My friend rang, all excited as after walking near Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers she had heard some birds moving in the reeds. Crouching down out of sight the birds moved towards her. To her amazement there were four bearded tits (must be a joke there somewhere) a rare sight. I was very jealous. She also had a tip off about a flock of waxwings in trees near Tesco’s in Pitsea and managed to get down and see those too.

Don’t forget the birds will be checking out nesting sights so get those bird boxes put up. Fat balls and peanuts are high calorie foods for the garden birds and put out water daily when normal supplies are frozen. – Maisie –