After visiting the Pelee Roost on 8/10/2018, it has been quite interesting to actually see the staging areas along Mersea Rd. D and Mersea Rd. E. grow in size and numbers. Of particular note is Purple Martins staging in Poplar and Willow trees before entering the Roost area. The martins continue to put on a show in great numbers as they fly over with their young just after sunset. Since the days are getting shorter and the sunset earlier, it is best to arrive at least 45 minutes before the martins arrive to see the actual activity. If you need further directions on how to get to the roost contact email@example.com. The photo section reveals the thousands of martins passing by .