|Black Tailed Godwit|
Located a small flock of 13 Black Tailed Godwits feeding on the mud at dawn, although present in good numbers a couple of miles down river, they rarely come up beyond Barking Bay.
|Black Tailed Godwits sitting on the river, unusual sight|
With a rising tide everything was feeding manically, it also bunched waders and wildfowl and gave me a chance for some good accurate counts. Totals seen were-
Redshank – 207, good numbers this early in the winter
Curlew – 1
Green Sandpiper – 1 flyover calling
Common Sandpiper – 1 on the foreshore rocks
Teal – 410 – Outfall and the Creek
Mallard – 58 Thames Water Outlet
Shelduck – 63 Outfall and foreshore
Shoveler – 31 Outfall
Additionally a Chiffchaff was heard, 130 Linnets feeding in the Sewage works, 2 Rock pipits seen on the foreshore and good numbers of both Pied and Grey Wagtails in the Sewage works.
|Grey Heron waiting for a meal, not only Fish, Frogs and Voles but small Birds also|