Saturday, 28 April 2012

Patch On Fire.....

Arrived at the Bay at first light, the weather is fowl, wet, overcast with a moderate north easterly, perfect for watching the Thames!

Mo sets up the seawatch hide.

Nothing doing for the first hour and a half bar a single Blackwit, then Mo arrives and he sets up our Seawatching shelter/hide, things pick up in the shape of a spanking adult KITTIWAKE upriver, Boom.
Next two TURNSTONE fly in, a really scarce bird here as we have no stones to be turned!

Next a CORN BUNTING being chased by a pied wag zooms past us before settling down infront of us.Boom.

The rain seems to ease for a short spell and we head along the seawall scattering a small number of Wheatears then, Boom, a female WHINCHAT briefly pops up before disappearing.

Onwards we add Cuckoo, Reed Warbler, 5 Swift, 3 Swallow before returning to the river where we discover two BAR-TAILED GODWIT feeding along the tide line with a single Whimbrel, Dunlin and three Ringed Plover, nine Oystercatchers.


The morning session finished with a LITTLE EGRET thanks to a call from JA, another scarce bird here having only seen one bird last year.




best bird goes to the Corn Bunting

So a great morning's birding, and with the forecast for tomorrow even better than today, we hope for some more seabird action??

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