It was a busy weekend on the marshes that started with ‘Mayflower’ thundering through on Saturday morning and the KBC walk then proved most productive with superb views of Marsh Harriers and Buzzards, plenty of smart dabbling ducks and the finding of a female Black Redstart flycatching from the electric fence.
Black Redstart - Tom Bell
There were at least 12 singing Chiffchaffs - Chris Barnes
Pintail - Tony O'Brien
A pair of dapper Wheatear, early scratchy Sedge Warbler and a quartet of Sand Martins added to the vaguely spring-like feel while two Water Pipits, 18 Redwings and a Fieldfare reminded us that the winter was but a short while ago.
Fieldfare - Tom Bell
Pat Hart got some great video clips of some of the species present...
Here are the full highlights:
Sunday was a lot nicer and incredibly busy but also quieter on the bird front with no new migrants although one of the Little Ringed Plovers from Friday was heard flying around the Purfleet Scrape in the morning.
A Kingfisher dashing by was the first in some time and the Mute Swans put on a graceful display for the visitors and a pair of Stonechats are still about - let's hope they stay.
Stonechat - Andy Tweed
Sixteen Curlews and 70 Black-tailed Godwits were seen over the high tide and the local Little Egrets were looking resplendent in their gauzy finery.
Little Egret - Tony O'Brien
Little Egret - Steve Knox
The even finer weather had both the Harriers and Buzzards up skydancing and a Short-eared Owl was having a fly round high up before returning the safety of Aveley Bay.
There were plenty of insects too but more of that in another blog...
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