Sunday, 10 March 2013

are you fracking kidding me....

was almost what i had said.

I had checked the news services and Black Necked Grebes had been seen over Rainham. This would have been a life tick and as im not getting out i need them whenever i can at the minute..Mrs B said that i could go Sunday afternoon if they come up, we shall see.
shortly before i had got home, i was excited i had bought a new digi scope attachement earlier in the year and not been out to use it yet and this afternoon had been its test run, it looks promising but not being used to it the photos are out of focus and with it being dull afternoon this made it worse. So although the following photos will be pretty naff they are better than previous ones so its a step in the right direction.
So why had the Black Neck Grebe's at Rainham given me the hump....before finishing my day i was standing on Serin Mound roughly at the time the news cam and hadn't checked any news feed while out. Litte Grebe "whinnied" away in the creeks below, while Shelduck, Shoveller & Teal took advantage of the pools in the fields. Mixed Gulls and a couple of Kestrel.
Upon walking to Serin Mound as i came round the bend the usual Linnet where on the fence, probably c25 with Skylark singing from the grassy hill leading up to the new viewing area. Wren, Goldfinch & Greenfinch down the path edge in the marsh.


After i had got out of the car i had looked at Aveley bay before heading off to Serin, a single Curlew.

Rewinding further and i was at the Stone Barges, Oystercatcher, and what i think is a Water Pipit?

Is this a Water Pipit, i have seen them but couldnt tell on this bird as it was fairly distance and pretty dull?

Others seen at the Barges covered most of the usual but with a singing Chiffchaff in the shrubs boardering the car park.


The first stop i had made was over at Ferry Lane to see the Black Redstart again; i found the male in the waste ground opposite the sea wall..alonhg with the first singing Chiffchaff of the day also in the waste ground, to the left in the shrubs along the buildings.
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