Thursday, November 17, 2011
My dad was down visiting from Scotland last weekend and we made a trip out to East Tilbury on the Thames estuary. It was so mild that I was wearing a T-shirt! Redpoll, Skylark and Meadow Pipits were on the move, but strangely no Redwing or Fieldfare. Best birds of the day were three Arctic Skuas (two chasing the Common Gulls, another drifting upstream on the rising tide), ringtail Hen Harrier, juv Marsh Harrier, 480+ Avocets, plus hundreds of Dunlin, Grey Plover and Knot, along with smaller numbers of Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits.