An unplanned mid-week visit to the Outfall came up trumps with a 1st site record in the shape of a Turnstone. They are a bit of a London rarity this far up the river, occasionally turning up at Rainham or seen as a migrant coming through in May. There are hundreds of wintering birds at Leigh on Sea and Southend, one this far up the river is quite rare. Photos below
|Turnstone ( click on photos to enlarge)|
|A slightly oiled Oystercatcher|
After this I went to the Stone Barges to have a look at the roosting waders, Paul the other day had a flock of 600.An estimate of their numbers reached 560 roosting on the barges, I also had another group heading up river on arrival.
|A small part of the Black Tailed Godwit flock|
|A very high tide|
Also present were 69 Redshank, 150 Dunlin, 18 Lapwing and 2 Water Pipits.