Saturday, 9 April 2011

Back to local birding again…

Just back from a very pleasant morning and early afternoon, in the company of Messers Lethbridge and Croft. Started off at the Lesser-spot capital of London, where a drumming and calling male appeared right on cue, and showed well again. The early morning light was fantastic for photos of common birds, like this bathing Canada Goose:


Nick kept Jono happy by finding a Wheatear, and then I pointed out this quite staggeringly rare bird to further excitement. The quality of the bird is similar to that of my photo.


On to the Ingrebourne, looking for Adders – probably left it a bit late on a rapidly warming day, but loads of Whitethroats and Blackcaps, and a few Willow and Reed Warblers made it clear that spring is definitely here. Down at Rainham, things were rather quiet, though Sedge Warbler, LRP and a flyover Yellow Wagtail made it onto the year list. This male Peregrine powered over, providing the best photographic interest.


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