So with previous foul weather and pretty good conditions for some birds to be pushed up the Thames theres only one thing for it as a newish birder; yep you guessed it, leave your phone in the house and start smashing up a concrete pathway in your front garden........
So by 11 i was now aware of the Sabines Gulls in Aveley Bay along with another in Barking Bay plus Black Tern picking their way about everywhere. Permission granted i dashed off for Aveley parking in Coldharbour Lane where a small group had gathered still looking for the gulls which had for some time dispersed. A quick chat with Shaun, Monkey & Steve Bacon i headed to the group and settled in.
A few familiar faces and a chance to finally meet James Astley (Parus).
James thought he had a Little Gull but it had gone behind another viewer and he lost it, 3x Turnstone dropped into the mud on Aveley Bay itself (London List Tick) and after a bit i picked out aboout 20 odd Black Tern; cool yet another life tick
The group quickly split up with people heading back to the RSPB, home or of to the Stone Barges by car or along the footpath. I made my decison and headed to the Stone Barges where Dominic Mitchell had just had a brief glimpse of it high before loosing it to either the far bank or up river, so with that in mind i took a spin to Ferry Lane and made my stand here; Loads of Black Headed Gulls, Cormorant plus Common Tern.
A good couple of hours on the Thames and this was what the fuss was all about; a good record shot from Shaun and more can be found on his blog here but for me, alas it was not to be.
|courtesy of Shaun Harvey, not that he knows this yet..........|