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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Year's Day Barking Bay

Happy New Year!

Well were up and running for the new year, Christ it was good to see some sunshine for a change, it made all the difference considering what New Year’s Eve was like.
I met Paul at 7.30a.m and we decided to watch the mudflats and the river for a while to get the list up and running, all the regular birds showed like Teal, Redshank, Curlew and Dunlin but surprisingly Black Tailed Godwit was missing. Considering past winters when there are around 500 birds in the Inner Thames, as it stands at the moment there are only around 250, the mild weather is playing a part.

After getting the ball rolling we then worked most of the site, no rarities but a site tick in the shape of 3 Egyptian Geese going over, there are no lakes on our patch so these are hard to come by.

Record shots of the Egyptian Geese

Other good birds seen or heard included Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail and another rarity for the site Little Egret, I didn’t get this at all last year. Despite flushing around 40 to 50 Snipe on our travels, we did not connect with a Jack Snipe despite a promising bird seen briefly going to ground.

This was once a road, like a lot of the site now flooded

We finished the day on 52 so not a bad start, just nice to be out birding in some sunshine.

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