This winter marks the end of the surveys, if I recall correctly this will be our 10th year for both myself and Paul + a few others having undertaken the winter surveys from October to March every winter.
It’s been a real pleasure surveying the parcels of land on both sides of the river; both Essex and Kent have delivered some great birds above the norm along the way. Looking back on the Essex side, Coryton, it has provided some rarish species, most recently the Great Grey Shrike but many others have also featured over the years.
Nightjar, 2 Spoonbills, 5 Ring Ouzels, Merlin, Cattle Egret, Crossbills, Hawfinch, Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier are just some that have been seen.
The high tide wader counts have always been a highlight, not great weather recently so photos not great. Good to see a pair of Pintail down the Creek as well recently, not common down here, smart looking Duck.