Sunday, 12 January 2014

Wat Tyler Country Park

Arrived at the marina at 08.10, hoping to see the Glossy Ibis which had been seen here for the last three mornings. I was either too late arriving or the overnight frost had altered the Ibis's recent habits as it was a no show!

For the last few winters the creek has attracted over-wintering Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Ruff. And this year is no different with one each of the shanks and three Ruff present this morning, alongside Redshank, Black-tailed Godwits and Curlew. While all the time a Peregrine was watching from the top of a nearby pylon.

From the main hide two Marsh harriers were quartering the reedbeds, mainly on the other-side of the access road to the landfill site, although one did stray briefly over the reeds on the near-side of the road.

A couple of Snipe landed on the opposite side of the channel in front of the hide and showed quite well.