Monday May 2nd
I decided to check the Riverside which is on a private estate after John Archer located a Spotted Redshank yesterday afternoon from the Kent side.
I was not very hopeful, having seen a couple at Rainham in the past, they never seem to stay long, this one was also going to be pushed off by the tide.
I located the bird in the same position that John had seen it which was a welcome surprise, it was also into adult plumage and looked like a female, it certainly topped the birds seen previously at Rainham, to coin a phrase, it was a stunner.
|Adult female (click on photos too enlarge)|
Also present were 4 Bar Tailed Godwits, 6 Ringed Plovers and an Oystercatcher.
The quality and numbers of waders that have graced this section of the Thames over the bank holiday weekend has been very impressive, the numbers of Bar Tailed Godwits on passage is the highest I can remember for London.