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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Barking Outfall and Bay February 6th

No change in the weather, still blowing a hard south westerly , not surprisingly, very little activity about.

2 rather distant Common Sandpipers
The Gull colony is starting to come alive with many Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls already paired up and starting to gather moss and such like from the surrounding area. As far as I am aware this is the largest Gull breeding colony in London, I know they can be quite aggressive, even on an isolated Jetty, with me a good 100 metres away, they still get alarmed and mock dive me. Not so bad at the moment, but when they have small young, they really kick into gear. I once saw a Fox try and make it out to an adjacent Jetty, they were like confetti, all over him, it did the trick and he did a u-turn.

Pair of Mistle Thrushes

Listening for worms

Other than 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpipers and around 60 Redshank there was not much else to see at the Outfall, 6 Black Tailed Godwits on a flyby and an adult Yellow Legged Gull were the highlights.

2 pair of Mistle Thrushes on the Thames Water site gave some decent photo’s, pity about the light.

Mistle Thrush

Again very little activity, best of the lot were 9 Curlew on the mud and good to hear 2 Skylarks singing sporadically, game little birds although having a hard time of it fighting the wind.

4 White Fronted Geese

Also caught up with the White Fronted Geese on my way home, they look good for 2 adults and 2 juvenile/1st winters.

2 adults on left - Greylag extreme left

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