Welcome to my birdwatching blog. This blog will contain stories about my bird watching trips, interesting bird news and other tales that may or may not be bird related. I want to make it useful to the avid birder as well as those who may only have a passing interest in bird watching. I enjoy photographing bird life, common and rare through a spotting scope, not that they always sit still long enough for me. Being on the outskirts of North East London, my reports will not only cover my local patch of Redbridge/Waltham Forest, but also dip into deepest Essex, Suffolk, Kent and Norfolk.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

South Fambridge. A perfect way to start the day

Decisions. Got to work at 7am this morning – 2 hours early. Now should I get ahead of the game and knuckle down to some work or should I spend an hour getting some fresh air a bit of needed exercise and do a bit of birding as a bonus?

No contest.

South Fambridge from the seawall
South Fambridge has a lot to offer. A walk along the seawall gives you on one side, the Crouch estuary and on the other arable farmland. Reed Buntings were quite active and singing in the reeds that fringe the farmland fields. Skylarks too were taking to the air but invisible to see against the brilliant blue but bright sky.

Reed Bunting
On the river Crouch, a single Brent Goose bobbed about amongst the moored boats. But overhead, hundreds of skeins of Brent Geese flew up and down the estuary. Along the edge of the shore, a single Black-tailed Gowit probed the mud surrounded by Wigeon,  Shelduck and Redshank. On the opposite side, small groups of Dunlin, Golden Plover and Curlews while Lapwings stood motionless, waiting for something exciting to happen, no doubt.

Brown Hare
In the ploughed fields, a Brown Hare stood out but was quite distant. Pheasants paraded around the periphery of adjacent fields while a kestrel hung its head as it watched the grass from the overhead wires.

Two years ago, I would have probably have spent this hour, stuck on a cramped tube train. I’m a lucky man.

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