On Sunday David DL and I went out locally, first stop was the area of Leigh sands pictured above as dawn chased away the darkness of night over the outer Thames estuary. This was a bit of a let down as it was a slow and low tide and so the run off was not very productive resulting in the Red Knot flock not coming on to feed.
There were plenty of Brents (above) present, with Grey Plovers, Turnstones and a few Dunlin. I don't see Dunlin out in Malaysia and so it was nice to see some of these. Rock Pipits were also present and then we headed off down to Gunners Park.
Arrival at Gunners park paid off with seeing the above Long tailed Duck and Common Scoter that were both present on the small lake. This has to be the closest viewing I have had of these 2 species ever.
Female Long tailed Duck above and Common Scoter below were nice to watch and were certainly attracting in quite a few local birders, however Gunners being Gunners there were also plenty of JP around.
After departing Gunners we headed up to Pitsea, met with Steve B and took a wander over Vange Marsh pictured below. The water levels are real high here but the site looks to be well managed and looked after. There are large areas of reed beds now present. Birds here included:
Med Gull wearing a yellow ring but to distant to read the code.
2 Marsh Harriers
1 Little Grebe
2 Green Sandpiper
After this we went in to Pitsea and grabbed some saveloy, chips & curry sauce (so bad but so good) The Bittern that I saw yesterday was seen again today by others and as I bring this post to a close 2 Red Kites lift up elegantly on the wind seen from the window.