After today's last Essex winter bird survey myself and Shaunboy headed to ferry lane (rainham) to have a crack at the Black Redstart's that have taken up residents on the foreshore. It was bitterly cold, but all three birds were still showing well and were now joined by a couple of Northern Wheatears, a single Stonechat, and a couple of Robins just to keep you on your toes!!
With few insects on the wing it seemed all the birds were feeding on sea slaters a relative of the common woodlouse.
An added bonus- we picked up 3 Kittiwakes behind a ship moving up to Dagenham dock.