Sunday, 3 February 2019

Dagenham Chase

The Chase I've not been there for quite some months, probably should have worn wellies as it is pretty muddy in places. I was hoping to see Bullfinch a bird that is not at all easy to see locally these days. It was obvious that quite a bit of habitat improvement had been undertaken and there was a new fence on Crowfoot Marsh, all great news. 
Great Spotted Woodpecker spotted distantly near the slack 
 I did manage briefly to see a single male Bullfinch, but as soon as it spotted me it was gone showing me its white arse as it went. Although I walked the length of the river I couldn't find a Kingfisher or Grey Wagtail. But, I did spot a fairly high flying Buzzard passing overhead.

Buzzard

Buzzard
 I then popped down to the seawall at Rainham around 3:30pm in the hope that the Short-eared Owl may show. Of course it didn't but these two Shelducks flew over.
Shelduck

Shelducks over the seawall

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