Sunday 19 December 2010

High Tide Wader Count

Firstly some sad news on our Snowman from yesterday, who was decapitated and kicked inn during the night, probably by some local drunken thugs (RIP Mr snowman)

Today saw me and Shaunboy involved in a high tide wader roost count at the stone barges at Rainham and several other teams along the inner Thames estuary from Grays thurrock too east india dock basin near Canary Wharf.

jack snipe

Our totals as follows:

280 Black-Tailed Godwit

230 Dunlin

90 Redshank

14 Common Snipe

2 Jack Snipe

2 Grey Plover

1 Golden Plover (over)

1 Common Sandpiper

12 Lapwing

These are really good counts considering the small roosting space, will post other totals in the near future.


Other highlights were 3 red head Smew on the river forced by the continuing cold snap (a rainham site tick for me) and probably more suprising was the 1st winter Ring Ouzel that has been reported several tmes which we picked up along cold harbour lane and along the entrance to the barges.

Other birds of note were numbers of Skylark, Redwing and Fieldfare moving around and a Common Buzzard mobbed by crows.

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