Like most days this week, there was a great wader spectacle this afternoon over the Purfleet Scrape with over 1000 Lapwing, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Curlew, 100 Golden Plover and 400 Dunlin once again heading over the river wall and onto the Purfleet Scrape at high tide. Some Sparrowhawk and Peregrine activity resulted in some spectacular displays from all the species out there and occasional dreads from the Wigeon as the falcon stooped in.
This coupled with showy Redwings and Fieldfares, THE Waxwing, Goldcrests, finches galore, strident Cetti's Warblers, kipping Water Rails, hovering Stonechats and a female Blackcap resulted in a great day.... and I never even left the visitors centre!
A ball of Dunlin...
Some great frosty opportunities this morning with rather rectilinear ice crystals looking resplendent on the old Cardoon heads and Rosa rugosa hips so loved by the Greenfinches...
A wonderful day... glorious sunshine, frosty start (more of that later), swirling waders and a punky Waxwing that appeared at lunchtime and performed on and off all afternoon in the hawthorn and dogwood behind the bird feeders. A very obliging bird that nearly everyone on site saw including all the staff and volunteers! Now, I have seen Barry and Brenda's shots so trust me that there will be better posted tomorrow but I am not home yet so you will have to suffer my artistic shots!
Wardens, Site Manager and assorted new volunteers and two blue visitors!
Even Pat and Bill's Friday Walk got to see it! By now we had the bird surrounded!
.... arty shot by me!