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Wednesday 22 December 2021

Beckton Sewage Works


I visited the Works on Tuesday morning, quite a cold one, a little later than usual but good to see both pairs of Kestrel and Common Buzzard on site.

It again looks like the Buzzards are wintering here; quite remarkably I have seen both Buzzards on 2 occasions sitting on Lampposts on the main A13 roundabout early a.m! They are very versatile and often forage with the Gulls in the waste skips in the works; I would suspect they are there at the A13 for road kill.

The Kestrels are looking good hopefully for another breeding season in the box so fingers crossed for them.

Also caught up with the Green Sandpiper sitting on one of the tanks, after this headed down to the Outfall.

Black Tailed Godwit numbers have swelled and a good count of 53 were present along with a number of Redshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, Curlew and 2 Rock Pipits.

On the drive out back along the Creek, had a quick look through the Gulls and one stood out very well on the mud, suspected it was Caspian Gull and this was later confirmed.

A 1st winter bird, grabbed a few photos and left it in peace with all the other hordes of Gulls.

It now brings the yearlist up to 101 and that looks like that will be it for the year, with only one more visit over the Christmas period, however hope springs eternal as they say.......

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