I started at the sea wall, straight away there were Ring Necked Parakeets coming over from Kent, I ended up with 29 by the time I had reached Aveley Bay, Tide was low, met Andy and he pointed out the Common Seal. It was hauled out on the mud resting, only the 2nd ever Common Seal I had seen in the Inner Thames if I remember correctly, the other was at Barking 3 years back. The Gulls definitely found it interesting.
|Common Seal in the Bay|
The Bay held hundreds of Gulls, amongst them 3 adult Yellow Legged, try as I might I cant get excited about these, it has got to have a hook beak and talons. Also in the Bay was a single Bar Tailed Godwit, 11 Black Tailed Godwits and a single Curlew.
|Black Tailed Godwits feeding on the mud|
Decided to go round the Reserve despite the disturbance of ongoing works, will be interesting to see it all when it is completed.
A walk round to the Woodland via the Target Pools (dry) and Aveley Pools produced the following
2 Sparrowhawks – male and female
Linnet – 60 a flock feeding over the Targets
Water Rail – 4 calling, all avoided the camera despite my best efforts
Cetti’s Warbler – 7 calling
Pintail – 9 seen on the Pools, the drakes looking very smart
Common Snipe – 1
Black Tailed Godwit – 3 on the Pools
Good numbers of Tufted, Pochard and Shoveler present.
Nailed a Goldcrest in the woodland which I needed for a year tick, total now 147.No Brambling seen but many Chaffinches and Redwings in the woodland.
Not up on my Newts but came across this little chap below walking across the path, unsure as to its identity.
|Common Seal with Gull onlookers|