First bird was a spanking male Whinchat which was my second of the spring. With a blowing westerly birds seemed thin on the ground. Managed to spot one of the Whitethroats that I rung from last week as well as the pair of Long tail tits too.
Only other noteworthy bird was an Arctic Tern with twenty Commons feeding on the dropping tide.
News of a drake Long Tailed Duck came through at Fairlop which is just up the road to me and was found by Alan Bell. Not been here for some time I pulled up and headed towards the sailing lake where I located the bird on the north bank. Stunning bird and not often we get the chance to see these species in summer plume in London.
After having enjoyed this bird for five minutes a windsurfer headed towards it and flushed it from view and couldn't be relocated !!
So arriving back to the car I find a parking ticket courtesy of Redbridge council for the sum of £30 for not displaying a Pay and Display ticket !! THIS WAS NEWS TO ME .WAN@ERS.
the £30 Long-Tailed Duck