Sunday, 30 March 2008

Stonker saves the Weekend, another game set and match to Essex!

The weekend was reasonably quiet for me in North Kent,despite a few short visits out to look for migrants. I had a walk in the fields and adjacent woods to Camer Park, near Meopham where a Swallow quickly zipped past in a rain storm, 'sign of summer and Wimbledon', a superb group of seven Brambling with some cracking males plus a Sparrowhawk overhead and a Chiffchaff singing were the best I could manage. Sunday I visited Cliffe RSPB and had a look on the Thames where the best bird was a Short-eared Owl showing distantly quartering the river wall, ................. in Essex at Coalhouse Fort. A Wheatear was near Coastguards and a Little Gull plus two very vocal Med Gulls on the quarries but despite much searching Iceland Gull scored zero.
I was at home briefly before a timely email indicated a Stone Curlew at Rainham RSPB in Essex, a mere 20 minutes away. I paid my dues at the Dartford traffic pollution jam, as all the vehicles slow down before acceleerating again and called in at Rainham. After a brisk walk the bird was nailed and photoshop had it's work cut out with the photos I took!!! is there a competition for the worst bird photo?
Also at Rainham a few Little Egrets and a good crowd of Stonker watchers!! Incredibly it's the third bird I've seen in this area with two on the Dartford side of the river.

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