4.30 – 8.30am
First visit of the Autumn, still very early and weather not ideal, a westerly and bright sunshine not good for the point, but ok to catch up with local waders and some photography.
|Dawn over Southend ( click on photos to enlarge )|
With the high tide many Terns were roosting on the Saltmarsh and the Marina, around 45 Common Terns left these areas and flew up river, in amongst them were 5 Sandwich Terns.
|Roost of Turnstone|
|Common Tern looking for Peregrines|
|Sandwich Terns roosting|
Black Tern – 1 following a ship up river just after 6.00am
Little Tern – 1 seen at 5.10am and then 2 together from 6.20am onwards
Curlew – a flock came in from the creek as the tide dropped – about 25 birds
Dunlin – 140
Black Tailed Godwit – 24
Bar Tailed Godwit – 8
Turnstone – about 50 at roost in Marina
Mediterranean Gull – distant juvenile seen
Little Egret – 7
Grey Plover – 7
Yellow Wagtail – a minimum of 11 seen including a flock of 6
Whimbrel – 2 calling out on the saltmarsh
Grey Seal – 1 eating what looked like a crab
Oystercatchers - everywhere
Impossible to count the Terns after dawn, they were everywhere, also many with juveniles in tow, I did record 8 Sandwich Terns resting up in the Marina.
|Dont mind admitting this had me going, settled for Redshank in the end, it just looked so tall|
|Bar Tailed Godwit|
A very enjoyable visit, no Wigeon or Brent Geese seen as yet, hopefully the wind will shift round to an easterly or north easterly in the coming weeks.