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Saturday, 9 October 2010

Barking Outfall October 9th

I was running a bit late, did not arrive until 7.30am, lots of activity as you enter Thames Water to access the Outfall, new roads and construction going on everywhere. Made a mental note to visit on Sunday next time, less disturbance.

First returning Redshank

Straight away I could see that Teal numbers had climbed as they are starting to arrive in strength, also 2 new arrivals heralded the coming winter, Rock Pipit and Redshank. This mornings weather was not ideal for photography with grey murky misty skies giving no light whatsoever, birds seen were as follows-

Sparrowhawk – male after the many Pied Wagtails

Mallard – 164 on the Thames

Teal – 219 Thames and Creek

Redshank – 2 Thames

Rock Pipit – 2 Thames

Grey Wagtail – 7 Outfall and Sewage works

Chiffchaff – 2 Sewage works

Blackcap – 1 Sewage works

Great Crested Grebe – 9 Thames

Green Sandpiper – 1 Sewage works

Common Sandpiper – 1 Outfall

It was low tide so rather surprisingly there were only 11 Shelduck, expected to see more, very likely down at Barking Bay.

Barking Creek

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