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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Barking Outfall and the Stone Barges




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

Spotted


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

Dunlin

A very high tide


Also present were 69 Redshank, 150 Dunlin, 18 Lapwing and 2 Water Pipits.













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