With so many Ring Ouzels reported this weekend in the south east, it was no surprise to find them on the patch this morning. Arriving at Barking early doors I smashed the Ripple LNR first producing my first Blackcaps of the year, seeing know fewer than six singing males alongside the regular Chiffchaffs.
Then across the road to the bay and one of the first birds seen was a male RING OUZEL, albeit very briefly, an hour of searching proved unsuccessful, so I decided to soldier on finding a single WHITETHROAT braving the moderate cold north wind! further round 4+ Wheatear but still nothing from the reed beds.
Returning back to the middle ditch I stumble across the ouzel again and as I try to get closer another bird fly's up revealing two birds together! Mo finally arrives and we both enjoy the two birds together tho being elusive and mobile.
Other birds of note were two Swallow and at least a dozen Common Terns feeding on the ebbing tide.
Had a brief visit to the Dagenham Chase this afternoon where a pair of GARGANEY were present alongside a pair of LRP, and a single Green Sand, Cetti's and Reed Warbler.