Friday 14 Vange Marsh -12:35 to 13:30, Rain, westerly wind55 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 420 Teal (possible the highest number recorded on the marsh), 2 Pintail, 10 Shoveler, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 42 Snipe (one large 'wisp' flying around the marsh for about 10 mins occasionally breaking up into smaller groups.)
Monday 10 Wat Tyler Country Park - 08:30 to 15:151 Red-breasted Goose (likely escaped bird on the scrape at 15.15 with Canada geese.), 671 Wigeon (on Vange Wick (the largest number to date for the reserve), 30 Teal, 1 Ruff, 41 Black-tailed Godwit (on Vange Wick), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Waxwing (single bird heard calling whilst in the RSPB reserves office garden but could not be located).
Now I'm off to Rainham Marshes to try and see the Slaty-backed Gull, a first ever record for Britain!
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