Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Bradwell and Rainham

Started this morning at Bradwell Bird Observatory I walked north along the seawall hoping to be able to find the Dotterel that had been found earlier in the week. The weather was against me driving rain almost continuously which felt like it could freeze my face off! By the time I got back to the car I was soaked through and cold and this is May!

I did see 2 Brent Geese which were my first of the year, along with Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Ringed Plover, Oystercatchers, and Shelducks. There was also a good number of Skylark and Linnet.

I stopped at Rainham Marshes on the way back, hoping the Black Terns were still around, but they weren't. Cattle Egret (another year tick) was there and riding on the back of a cow, but too distant to photograph as was the Pink-footed Goose out on Wennington Marsh, my third year tick of the day. Keeping up the day's theme I got a soaking walking back to the car!

Wheatear along the seawall at Rainham

Wheatear again

Do you think this Woodpigeon is lost?

Hang on he's having a closer look!

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