I spent a most evenings last week at Barking bay after work looking for the Ring Ouzels and thanks to Paul on Wednesday i saw them, also had my 1st little ringed plover of the year during the week. I decided to go to the bay first on Saturday morning then over to Rainham managed 43 species at Barking including 2 Tufted ducks, 2 Oystercatchers (that must have had a domestic as there was 1 at each end of the mud) . 4 Common terns and 2 Whitethroats both year ticks giving me 4 for the week. Also had 4 swallows flying through at various intervals.
The good thing about only going to Rainham occasionly this year is when i do go, i get quite a few year ticks including Blackcap, Whitethroat, Swallow, Wheatear & Whimbrel. 47 species seen at Rainham.
Arrived at the patch about 9.00 (nowhere near as early as i'd hoped) wasn't much near the jetty only black headed gulls and shelduck with a few cormorants on the jetty so i walked along the path and went onto the flat area next to the centre and saw 1 wheatear on a fence post next to the earth mound. Walked along the path to the end and a Swallow flew across as i reached the middle ditch. Spent the next few hours wandering about, but only came across the usual suspects I decided to cross Renwick rd and try to get a photo of a chiffchaff in the birch wood. Whilst there i had 2 chiff chaff, 1 greater spotted woodpecker and my first Blackcap. 1 in the middle of the wood and another at the edge, this bird was with three other birds but i couldn't see whether or not these were also blackcap.
Got home from work about 4.15 this evening and as the sun was out and they don't shut the car park till 5 i popped over to barking bay for half hour. Didn't see much about, but as i was leaving 2 Swallows flew over from the Thames heading towards Choats rd . First Swallows i have seen this year and of course as i was straight from work no camera.
Only managed to get out on Friday over the Easter, due to family demands.Whilst enjoyable it wasn't very productive. barking bay first where it was very quiet apart from a million black headed gulls and about 25 shelduck there wasn't anything on the mud,was hoping for a little ringed plover but it wasn't to be. not much on the scrub just usual meadow pipits and skylarks along the middle ditch there were 4 canada geese 2 dunnock and a wren the linnet flock was down to about 20 birds. the cemex ditch was pretty bare as well with only a wren 2 coot and a moorhen with several blackbirds. Walking back to the car there were about 25 Blackwits flying through along the Thames.
Plenty of people at Rainham RSPB only went as far as the woods as i was being summoned home now. Plenty of birds about all he expected ones and managed to add 3 more to the year list for rainham including Ruff and Chiffchaff.
At least Friday was sunny, unlike the rest of the holiday
Hi i am in my mid 50s lived in barking area nearly all my life. In my youth i spent many summer over the thames (barking bay) bird watching etc (how thats changed in 40 years even German hill has gone). Recently i have begun to get out locally either over Rainham RSPB, Barking Bay \Creekmouth etc. not very good at identifying what i see but getting better.Bought some reasonable camera equipment and started to take some bird photo's