Monday, 20 March 2017

A Slack Sunday!

Spent a couple of hours early yesterday morning walking around The Slack at Dagenham Chase NR. The Slack is a conservation area and fenced off to reduce disturbance, you can't get especially close to the wildlife, which is a good thing and probably why it is one of the most productive areas of the whole site.
map of the southern half of the park and nature reserve
Redshank - A scarce visitor to the site and my first record!

Redshank has been present on The Slack all weekend
Pintail - another scarce record for the site and again my first record here!

drake Pintail found by Bill Stallard on Thursday

Glad it stayed for the weekend!
Goat willow (Salix caprea) provides an early source of nectar for bees.

Still a good few Wigeon around

Common Gull

Moorhen

Egyptian Goose