Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sandpiper influx

20 species of wader at Rainham yesterday and a wader influx across London meant I was up at 0600 hrs to check the farmlands for waders. Not too bad; 1 Wood Sandpiper,  13 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 2 LRP and the usual Lapwings. 

Dave, Kojak and Josh were on 100 acre ringing (revealing higher numbers of Reed Warbler than we knew of) and Glenn was doing the rounds. I did a bit of vis migging: 150+ Swallow, 100+ Swift, 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Glenn also had a female Ring Ouzel in the south east corner. 

There was also a female Wheatear and the Iceland Gull was around too. 

 Wood Sandpiper on mitigation scrape 100 acre 
 Common Sandpipers on Southern Lake- a influx today of 13 birds. 

 First-summer Iceland Gull- what looks like a large Iceland Gull has been causing a bit of confusion lately. 
 Female Wheatear

Reed Warbler 

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