Had an evening stroll around Rainham hoping to catch up with the Green-winged Teal that has relocated from Crossness, think I was quite lucky seeing this bird as at first scan only a few Eurasian Teal were seen until a Marsh Harrier spooked more from cover and it appeared on view.
Twenty Swifts were feeding over aveley pools and this were my first of the year.
Aveley bay held a single Black-tailed godwit and good numbers of Whimbrel with at least a dozen birds present, two harbour porpoise were moving out the river.
Quick patch visit this evening paid off in the shape of a female Marsh Harrier through, having picked the bird up low it was quickly set upon by the local crows before gaining height and heading north.
#96 for the patch and only my second in three years.
On the patch at dawn this morning and a good selection of birds trapped and processed including my first Sedge Warbler alongside two male Common Whitethroat and a couple of Reed Warbler the other migrant highlights, several Blackbirds two each of Wren, Dunnock and a pair of Long-tailed Tits.
long tailed tit pair.
my first Sedge
Other birds seen were two Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow wag and Siskin over and a pale Common Buzzard thru of note.
Found this colour ringed Islandica Black-wit on the patch on the 31st of last month, and thanks to Pete potts for the history of this well travelled bird.
N LNY OLO 18-Aug-08 Levington, Orwell Estuary, Suffolk, > SE England > S LNY OLO 01-Sep-09 Alton Water, Tattingstone, Suffolk, > SE England > S LNY OLO 19-Sep-09 Abberton Reservoir, nr Colchester, > Essex, SE England > S LNY OLO 14-Feb-10 Paimboeuf, Loire Estuary, W France > S LNY OLO 16-Mar-10 Ouderkerk ad Amstel, The Netherlands > S LNY OLO 10-May-10 Cley, North Norfolk, E England > S LNY OLO 22-Jul-10 Thorpe Bay, Trimley St Martin, > Suffolk, SE England > S LNY OLO 13-Jul-11 Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve, Thames, > Kent, SE England > S ? LNY OLO 27-Dec-11 Rainham Marshes, Thames, Greater > London, SE England > S LNY OLO 16-Sep-12 Mistley Walls, Manningtree, Stour > Estuary, Essex, SE England > S LNY OLO 31-Mar-13 Barking Bay, London, Essex, SE > England
OK spring for me is when the first Willow Warbler arrives and today was that day whilst doing some scrub clearance work on the patch we came across a singing bird busy flycatching along middle ditch, a good spring bird here and fairly hard to pick up in the autumn too.
A few Sand Martin through today were new for the year also.
Had a nice surprise this evening whilst actually checking the scrub for my first patch wheatear or ouzel when this nice adult Little Gull appeared over head and headed inland, just managed to grab the camera from the bag and fire a few shots as it headed off north......
Also added a single Swallow thru which puts me on 81 for the year.
Still struggling on the patch for migrants after a good shift this morning, but did have a brief White Wagtail through and the single Chiffchaff still in middle ditch but no wheatear or martins as yet.
The rising tide pushed a pair of Ringed Plover on to site and 23 Black-tailed Godwit were on the other side were a high count for this year !!
Added both Jay and Jackdaw today which are both fairly hard to catch up with on this site.
The Outfall held two Common Sandpiper and a probable Water Pipit flew away but not good enough views to clinch.