Conditions looked too good for any scarcer species up the Thames even on an incoming tide, and so it proved with little movement, and unfortunately no sign of the Eider over a couple of hours.
|Jono and Paul waiting for Les to find something|
|Grey Plovers goingto roost|
Cant complain though, some good birds were seen, as follows-
Dunlin – both sides of the river, probably around 600
Redshank – again both sides, around 300
Curlew – 2
Grey Plover – 3 seen
Ruff – 1 overhead
Common Snipe – 4 seen
Wildfowl – large numbers of Wigeon and Teal everywhere on the river along with lower numbers of Shelduck and Gadwall. A single Pintail was also seen.
Stonechat – 1 very approachable bird
Rock Pipit – 2 in the area
Corn Bunting – 3 upriver and a further 6 feeding on the Saltmarsh.
Brambling – 1 seen in with a passing Finch/Bunting flock.
Popped in to Corbets Tey to check up on the lakes on the way home in the hope of a rarity, no luck but did get a female Sparrowhawk with prey. Got onto her first being mobbed by a couple of Crows, then she just came towards me and I got of a couple of photo’s, light was not great, but not too bad.
|Female with prey|
|The eyes have it|