Today's Essex high tide survey site produced a good mix of wildfowl & waders. Both Eider and Merganser were seen alongside Pintail and Brent in small numbers upriver, and an increase in Avocet and Dunlin with smaller numbers of Grey Plover and Bar-wits.
Several Little gulls passed through over high tide, as did two POMARINE SKUA which sheered upriver causing brief panic amongst the roosting waders before carrying on upriver.
The Corn Bunting flock now increasing to forty birds were the only noteworthy passerines.
Amazingly this was my second bird at this site in exactly the same spot, the first being a male back in 1997 (i think), Today's bird performed just as that bird did back then, but today i am armed with a camera!
The bird was actively feeding along the seawall and with patience aloud close viewing with the bird approaching us rather than the other away around.
Black Redstart was also on show around the oyster farm, and a single SHORELARK accompanied several snow buntings down by coldharbour lagoon.
Good ringing session this morning, 46 new birds included my first Coal Tit, Several Redwing and two Yellowhammer, first two Fieldfare of the autumn flew over and still a trickle of mipit and grey wagtail movement coming through of note,
Hopefully with a colder spell we might go for some more of the winter thrushes/finches or woodcock.
Nice start to the North Kent winter bird surveys today for me and Mo, With us picking up Short-eared Owl, Merlin, two Lapland Buntings and pick of the bunch this fine Great Grey Shrike which was feeding on crane flies on the west side of Egypt Bay.
Plenty of Bearded Reedlings, Good numbers of Stonechat and several Green sands were best of the rest, at least 4 Northern Wheatear still around and a couple of Swallow through.
A Steady passage of Chaffinch (all west) was noted throughout today's survey to.