The large expanse of mud showed good numbers of waders, could also see large numbers on the Crossness side. Also came across a decent flock of Linnet numbering around 160 birds, Brownfield sites like the Bay become very important to them in winter as you get closer to London.
As I scanned the low bramble, ever hopeful for a Shrike like the Woodchat many years ago, I got onto a Stonechat, good to see one as there numbers were decimated a couple of winters back.
Looking through the waders and wildfowl produced –
Curlew – 5
Common Sandpiper – 1
Black Tailed Godwits – a good flock of 87 tucked around the corner, could see even more over the Crossness side.
Dunlin – 144,small group initially then joined by a larger group from Crossness
Oystercatcher – 1 seen amongst the Black Tailed Godwits at Crossness
Redshank – 112, many more Crossness
Ringed Plover – 4
Lapwing – 63 again many more Crossness side
Shelduck – 48 on the mud
Teal – 18
Rock Pipit – 1 on the foreshore rocks
Halfway through I got onto a lone Goose that came inland and then landed briefly, rather unusually it turned out to be a Brent. A good record for the site, certainly the 1st I have had here. It was obviously very spooky as it only fed briefly, last seen flying onto the river and looking as if it was going upstream.
|Brent Goose over|
A very good morning so I headed for Dagenham Riverside for a high tide count.