Sunday, 25 September 2011

Knot a bad Week end

Went to the bay Friday morning, Saturday morning & Sunday morning.
Had a few decent sightings including:
BlackTailed Godwit, Saturday & Sunday.  2 Common Sandpipers on Saturday, 4 Avocets on Sunday morning.
Met Dave and Paul on Saturday as i was coming off the scrub after not seeing much,  (the significance of that you will see if you read Pauls blog) . I did hear a Cetti,s Warbler and saw a Great tit plenty of Linnets & Goldfinch. When i met Paul and Dave they were on a Knot feeding on the mud which stayed until the rising tide sent it on its way.

 Other sightings away from the river were a Willow Warbler on Friday, Quite a few Robins on all days, a Great tit on Saturday. 6 Meadow pipits on Friday 5 skylarks Sunday,  2 whinchats on Friday Wheatears on all days 2 Hobbies on Friday ,Kestrels all Days and a Sparrowhawk on Sunday

All in all quite a productive week end unfortunatly i didn't see the Wryneck Paul spotted in the scrub
on Saturday morning even though i spent about hour and half on the scrub

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

New binoculars

Got my new binoculars yesterday, Hawke frontier ED 10x43. So thought i'd take them with me today
and pop over Barking Bay after work. Arrived there just after 4pm and the
light wasn't good, but i was quite impressed with the new bins saw a greenshank on the mud (just typical when i havn't got my camera with me) also a pair of whinchats hanging around a small bush next to the waterfront path
Not much about but i was only there for about 40 minutes.

If you look hard enough you can see the spotted flycatcher from Rainham on the 15/09/11

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Grey day all round

Went over Barking Bay yesterday, not only was the weather grey the birds were to.
first off was a Grey heron on the mud. Next up came a pair of Grey plovers that flew off the mud and over my head just as i was texting my daughter had to drop the phone to try to get a picture.

With nothing more along the river i decided to look down the middle ditchto be greeted by a Whitethroat and a Dunnock.

Walking back along the top path i had another Grey in a Grey wagtail. I also saw 5 Skylarks 2. Meadow pipits and  7or 8 yellow wagtails flew over. No whinchats or wheatears today. Fared well with the raptors with 2 kestrels (unfortunatly i only got a decent photo from the back).

 1sparrowhawk and a Buzzard over near the pylons. on Friday i popped into Rainham for an Hour after work and managed to see a cettis warbler in the reeds past Ken Barrett hide but only breifly too quick for a photo walking back  Through the cordite store i saw a flock of small finches high in a tree on the far side took a few photo's hoping they might be siskins not a good photo but they lookm like goldfinches all except 1 which looks like a willow warbler.
Finally as i walked to tjhe end of the trees i saw a few people looking up at a bird which had gone b4 i got there to be told it was a spotted flycatcher.they all went so i hung around and was rewarded after about 10 mins when it re appeared for a bit.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

More Whinchats

Managed an hour over barking bay after work today.
No Waders only gulls, shelducks and cormorants on the river. I did see 6 different Whinchats though and 100+ Linnets.

Not much else around a kestrel hunting a long the edge of the embankment was about all apart from the usual crows and magpies. Better luck next time i hope especially on the waders.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Barking Bay 03/09/11

Managed another couple of hours again today over Barking Bay.
Didn't see a single wader but plenty gulls and shelducks on the mud
looking at the gulls i didn't see any unusual ones also the usual cormorants about.
away from the river i saw 1 sparrowhawk about 30 crows 5 magpies 2 meadow pipits
2 house martins a solitary swallow 1 winchat 3 long tailed tits and 5 blue tits (i think) in a flock.
1 chiffchaff/willow warbler and about 6 goldfinches, several feral and woodpigeons and a moorhen

only a couple of gold finch pics and a cormorant today