Saturday 29 December 2012


Lade - Mild, wet and windy, sw 4 - 0800hrs - Checked out the beach first thing with the tide pushing the shorebirds close to land. 560 Oystercatchers and 245 Curlews were the first to go to roost followed by 45 Barwits, 25 Grey Plovers and 12 Redshanks. Also noted at least 300 Sanderlings and Dunlins, 20 Turnstones and 10 Knots. Couldn't find any Ringed Plovers, although 5 Brents came and went.
Tottenham - 1130hrs -  Having dropped off 2nd born and Big Al in London I went for a wander over the local park with Barney. Surprisingly, a small flock of Lottis and Goldcrests noted plus singing Mistle Thrush and the inevitable Rose-ringed Parakeets.
Lade - 1530hrs - Got home just in time to count the roost over the pits, in the pouring rain of course, which comprised 100 Woodpigeons, 50 Starlings, 20 Mapies, 20 Blackbirds and Song Thrushes plus 2 Little Egrets. Two Goldeneyes amongst the ducks on south pit.

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