After the heavy rain the previous day I had high hopes that the woodland cordite area might produce some migrants, alas other than plenty of Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats and Finches, there was nothing rarer. Pied Flycatcher for one is way overdue for me at Rainham.
|4 distant Harbour Seals - 2 on the mud and 2 with there heads just showing|
However the rest of the Reserve produced some good birding with some winter species already arriving in the shape of 2 Pintail and 2 Wigeon seen.
A circuit of the Reserve taking in the river produced the following
Yellow Wagtail – 10
Common Sandpiper – 8 roosting at high tide
Dunlin – river wall
Harbour Seal – 5 on the other side
Wheatear – river wall
Marsh Harrier – 2 juveniles
Ruff – 6 – 5 of these were very confiding
Peregrine – Tiercel
Black Tailed Godwit – 26 – Aveley Pools
Golden Plover – 4 Aveley Pools
Barn Owl – usual place
Missed the Wood Sandpiper although it was later seen.