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Sunday, 31 October 2010
Barking Bay October 30th
Morning visit, good to see some sunshine for a change, although it was not set to last with rain forecast in the afternoon. As many may know the Bay is scheduled for development over the coming years, sightings and records will now become more and more important, if more records are generated, more mitigation can then be put in place. If anyone does visit can you send your records into Francesca Barker of the London Wildlife Trust, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do visit, the area has a reputation for car break ins , best to park further back where there is civilization and then walk down to the entrance gate.
Goldfinch on Thistles
Tide was out on the river, on the way I had a good flock of Linnet numbering around 80 birds in the scrub, scanning the river and mud produced:
Rock Pipit 1 – rocks Shelduck – 71
Curlew – 2
Redshank – 9
Other species seen were 16 Reed Bunting in the scrub, 7 Goldfinch, Fieldfare over, Green Woodpecker ground feeding, 14 Skylark, and a calling Water Rail. Also had 2 Sparrowhawks interacting, looked like a male and female getting all frisky in the sunshine, even the Skylarks were singing.