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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Canvey Point and Vange Marshes Sunday August 15th

Feeding Spoonbill with 2 others in background

Very distant Spoonbill

The weather for Sunday looked promising for sea watching so visited at dawn with Shaun and Martin, despite it being still quite early for 'goodies' to come into the Thames we were quite optomistic given what had been seen in the Thames recently.Weather was overcast with a good north easterly wind.
From 5.30 to 8.00am the following was seen
3 Bar Tailed Godwits
16 Black Terns - groups of 6,2 and 8
Great Skua - 1 up river
A total of 7 Arctic Skuas going up river, only 2 seen to come out
9 Common Scoter
2 very early  Med Gulls
Many Common/Commic Terns as you would expect with around a dozen or so Sandwich seen coming and going around the point.Did not pick up Little Tern but I gather they have been seen recently.

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