|Some of the Wildfowl|
|Black Tailed Godwit|
Jack Snipe – one flushed at my feet on the sea wall and pitched into some saltings about 10 meters away.
Cettis Warbler – 1 calling from vegetation along the Creek
Black Tailed Godwit – 2 in with the hordes of Redshank
Dunlin – 1 with Redshank – a year tick
Green Sandpiper – 3 together buzzing around the sewage works.
Wildfowl numbers have dropped for some and in the case of Tufted Duck, they have risen slightly.
Tufties – 560 birds as near as dammit, counted once hoping again for Scaup, Pintail or possibly Goldeneye.
Pochard – 19 birds, slight decrease
Teal – rough count of around 600, did not count the creek
Shoveler – 273, a decrease but birds were still arriving in 10s and 20s, most arrivals were from the north, possibly the Reservoirs.
Gadwall – 146, as with Shoveler, birds were coming in from the north.
Shelduck – 50, birds up and down from Barking Bay.
Common Snipe – 4 foreshore
Redshank – 273, a big increase, probably from Barking Bay.
Curlew – 1 on the foreshore
Lapwing – 23 overhead
Rock Pipit – 3 on the saltings and rocks
Pipit sp - got a quick view of this on the sewage works, very pale on the underside , possibly a Water.
Of the 2 Black Tailed Godwits, one was carrying leg rings, big red on the left and smaller orange on the right, photo below. Will be interesting to see where it hails from.
|Colour ringed Black Tailed Godwit|