On the mud Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover present along with an Oystercatcher.As we scanned the river a very large head appeared which turned out to be a bull Grey Seal drifting in with the tide
|Bull Grey Seal having a breather|
|Knot and Dunlin flock|
I then entered the reserve and walked straight onto a calling Bearded Tit, missed earlier in the year so very welcome, got Paul and Jono onto it as well.I carried on and they walked the foreshore up to the Stone Barges.
No raptors of note other than a male Peregrine sitting on his usual pylon, a female Sparrowhawk flushed 2 Green Sandpipers by Aveley Pools.The pools produced 2 Pintail, the first in for the winter, 3 Whinchat on the bullrushes, many Shoveler and Teal.At least 6 Little Egrets as well as 2 Greenshank and 2 Common Snipe made it a very good wader day.
I then walked the woodland and cordite area looking for migrants, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warbler all recorded but again no Spotted Flycatcher.
A Migrant Hawker then gave me the challenge of trying to photograph it in flight, never easy as they dont seem to stay still long enough and it is hard trying to get a lock on them with the auto focus, must have fired off 50 shots.Eventually got a half decent photo, after this decided to call it a day, a very good morning.