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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Barking Outfall August 28th

With the high tide and fridays movement I had expectations that I might get lucky with a 'good' Tern or Gull, most of the usual cast were present with 14 Common Terns noted going past the Outfall.
1st tick for the site was a Hobby going south east across the river, good tick as they can be very hard to nail on passage.Whilst watching the skies I also located 2 female/juv type Sparrowhawks going west early a.m, quite high, these had the look of migrant or juvenile birds dispersing, time was around 7.00am.Local birds do not start thermalling to around 10.00am in warm weather, also noted later,there was other Sparrowhawk movement this day in London.

10 Egyptian Geese going up river

Carried on watching the river and got on to a small flock of Geese coming towards me, 1st thought was they must be Canada's, very surprised to see that they were Egyptians. The most I have seen around our necks of the woods is 1 or 2 at Rainham, and that is rare, never had them at the Ingrebourne Valley.

3 of the flock

A very welcome addition to the site and also added Yellow Wagtail with 6 seen going over.
Others seen were
Teal - 22
Common Sandpiper - only 1 seen
2 Oystercatchers
3 Great Crested Grebes across the river
Chiffchaff - 6 heard
Sparrowhawk - 1 female, a very confiding bird that tried to take a Collared Dove, missed narrowly and then posed.Got a few photo's off, but not good as light was wrong.

Female Sparrowhawk

Would have been a good photo if I was the other side of her.

Unusual to get this close

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