The high tide roost already held good numbers of birds, pick of the bunch being a Bar Tailed Godwit amongst the Redshank, possibly fresh in as I had not heard of any being seen at Rainham RSPB or Crossness for that matter. Just as I was going to get a photo of it, they all spooked due to a low flying female Sparrowhawk gliding through the treeline.
Got onto it as it headed down river, very likely to join the Black Tailed Godwits that roost on the Stone Barges.
|Curlew, Shelduck and Lapwing roosting|
Everything else then returned, as follows –
Redshank – 142 in there usual spot
Lapwing – 214 – building steadily as you would expect at this time of year
Curlew – 14 – a record count for the site, given that I had already seen 5 earlier going to roost on the jetty in Barking Bay, this gave a minimum count of 19 birds, a good total this early in the winter
Dunlin – 100 seen going up river to roost, presumably Crossness or the Jetty in Barking Bay
Teal – 66 in with the Redshank
Shoveler - 4
Shelduck – 19
Stock Dove – 19 – strange sight of seeing these tucked in with the waders, its not the 1st time I have seen it either.
|Great Crested Grebe|
Additional species of interest seen were a flyover Redpoll, presumably Lesser, a Green Woodpecker and a Rock Pipit, a Great Crested Grebe fishing in the Bay gave good views.
|Great Crested Grebe, especially for Sarah, hope you like it.|