The Environment Agency has offered to help in some capacity and will shortly be forwarded maps so that locations can be logged and recorded, records can then be used for mitigation.
On top of this it also shows just how important the Inner Thames is as a wintering area for waders, although , as expected, numbers do not match the Outer Thames with a more rural habitat and wider mud flats, for a metropolitan urban area, it is excellent.
Avocet – 82 Black Tailed Godwit – 27 Common Sandpiper - 6 Curlew - 23 Dunlin - 471 Lapwing - 75 Oystercatcher - 29 Redshank - 481 Ringed Plover - 1
Observers and sites
Barking Outfall – D. Morrison Barking Bay – P. Hawkins Dagenham Riverside – D. Morrison East India Dock Basin – N. Tanner Rainham RSPB – S. Bacon Stone Barges - S. Harvey West Thurrock Marshes – D. Jefferies
Not quite the good results we had on the 1st winter count, these results may be a reflection of milder weather movement with birds drifting back down river towards Tilbury and Canvey. One of the glaring omissions is Black Tailed Godwit, 588 recorded in the 1st period and only 27 for the 2nd.I cannot see that many birds moving back down river, going on past records for this time of year, so it is likely that there is a roost we don’t know about, or they piled into Crossness which was not covered.
The same could also be applied for Redshank.
|Redshank arriving to roost at Dagenham Riverside|
|Photo by Dick Jefferies.Part of the record Avocet flock at West Thurrock Marshes|
Avocets continue to break London records with a flock of 80 seen by Dick Jefferies, surpassing the 59 in the 1st period. These were again recorded at West Thurrock Marshes and it is good to see this elegant wader doing well, not only locally but nationally as well.
Thanks to all who took part, hopefully we can keep it going this forthcoming winter.