Monday 24 November 2014
Monday 17 November 2014
Water water everywhere! and..... no I won't say it. Again lots of Wildfowl about with Snipe and Teal occupying the last bits of grassy bank on the far side of the scrape. The best sightings were some Fieldfare in the bushes at the back and some going over calling, a Kingfisher was again feeding in the shallows away from the river, I had a Water Rail flying under the Iron Bridge, and while standing there a female Bullfinch arrived and was feeding on buds and berries on the bush right next to the bridge and me, a good place to see them. There is also a good quantity of Gulls on and around the scrape which consisted of Commons, Lesser-Black Backed, Herring and Black-Headed with a couple of these rung probably the same ones which keep turning up.
Saturday 15 November 2014
Valley completely flooded as it has been for some time because of the condition of the river which should be dealt with next year, (Essex Wildlife). The plus side is that it brings in something different, or might bring in something different. lots of Wildfowl, today 60? Teal, 4 Shoveler, lots of Snipe, 4 Gadwall, Pochard, Gulls, Little grebe, Little Egret, and a good amount of geese, (wheres the White front)? There have been Redwings and Fieldfares about plus all the other common birds of the Valley. We know that Les has had a Bittern already but that seems the only one to date, I have seen no Redpolls or Siskins in the area, probably due to the mild conditions.
Monday 10 November 2014
Alas the Desert Wheatear had gone but Snow Buntings and the Shorelark were still there plus a good number of commoner birds such as Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Egrets and flocks of Sanderling. Nice to see the iconic Towers that dominate this quieter piece of shoreline.
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Arrived at the Ingrebourne Valley at 3.30pm just in time to see a flock of 65 Fieldfare come off the fields at the scrape and make their way along the valley towards St Georges. Also on the back Scrape were 6 Gadwall, the dip in temperatures will make a big difference.