Arrived at Barking bay about 9.30 with the tide well out it was very quiet on the wader front a couple of Redshank near the jetty and about 20 Lapwing roosting on the jetty were all i could see. As i walked along the foreshore to the scrub and middle ditch there were a few Skylarks and Meadow pipits, plenty of Chaffinch and Dunnock but nothing else until i reached the choats rd end of the ditch where there were 4 grey heron in the ditch and a Sparrowhawk flying over the works area. l Headed for the Cemex ditch where i saw the highlight of the morning in the form of 2 long tailed tits.
With nothing else about i decided to go to Rainham. Arrived at Rainham about 1 and headed down to where there were a group of about 15 looking for the Bearded tits. Luckily for me they popped out for a munch about 20 seconds after i got there.
This Stone chat was so close as i was walking back to the visitor centre i should have birdnapped it and took it to Barking Bay as i still haven't had one there this year and they have loads at Rainham.
So the day ended no ticks for Barking and 4 for Rainham.
Late May in London
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