Friday, 30 March 2012

Ingrebourne Valley

I tried to get to Rainham this afternoon but arriving at the new A13, old A13 roundabout it was closed, Aveley was gridlocked as well so i headed back to Ingrebourne Valley.

I initially stopped at Belhus for a first visit for about half hour: Chiffchaff, Greylag, Canada Goose, Kestrel, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Robin, Long Tailed Tit, Moorhen, Coot.

Onto the Valley which tunred out to be a great afternoon with my most successful trip over there to date.

Parking at the Berwick Woods car park i headed over to the Top Paddock, Chiffchaff's singing everywhere it seemed; Greenfinch, Goldfinch & Linnet. A Pheasant in amongst the horses. By the field just before the bridge a single Red Legged Partridge.

Across the bridge and a Skylark rose singing from the sweetcorn field. One of the things i have been working on is flight identification of Rooks, Crows and Jackdaw; so as the gun went off over by the farm house (or whatever it was) i got the oppertunity as from the fields a lot of Crow and Jackdaw took flight.

A single Yellowhammer, Redwing, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird and Songthrush in the lower paddock. Greenwoodpecker as well.

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From the Lower Paddock onto the lake and reedbed Little Grebe x2 one looked as if on nest, Mute Swan, Greylag and Coot.

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A Cettis seen by the iron bridge but lots more singing around the area.

The viewing area came up with only my second viewing over there of a Reed Bunting both male and female. A lone Green Sandpiper as well.

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Over at the reedbeds i caught what i thought was a Willow Warbler initially but it landed and sarted to sing...Chiffchaff; but it did point the way to a my first Male Blackcap of 2012 a few branches higher.

A couple of Stock Dove proved to be a patch tick along with the Redwing taking my Valley list now to 72.

It was my best trip to the site with 42 individual species over a couple of hours.

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