Not much time spent birding this weekend; an hour's quick walk Saturday morning to Tit lake and back to the Hornchurch car park via viewing area. The highlight being my second Garden Warbler in the same area as before, just before the heronry.
Then tonight i took a walk from the Optimist Public House end which was a first to see how far it was to the Hornchurch side (Only went as far as the footbridge to the woods) plus the aim was to find Kingfisher. That didnt happen but i got Swift, House Martin, Mallard, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Woodpigeon plus a patch first with a low flying Hobby; rufous trousers clearly on show, it headed towards the pub end car park on my return following the riverside.
Hobby seem to be in the area at the minute, 5 at Rainham on Friday, 1 over my parents back garden yesterday and this bird tonight; up until Friday i hadnt seen one this year.
76 for 2012 over the Valley