|Swallows, a House Martin and a late Sand Martin gather together on|
the saltings at Rainham Marshes before heading south. Not shown is
the House Martin x Swallow hybrid that accompanied them.
In the meantime, maintaining the London year-list seems uninspiring by comparison – or would have done had I not hit 200 the very next day with a Manx Shearwater on the Thames at Rainham Marshes. Unbelievably, it was the second in a month there, and like the last it one hung around for several hours. Unlike the last occasion, this time I was in town and able to see it – a massive grip-back (and thanks to Ruth for the timely call).
I hit Rainham again on Sunday for a couple of hours early on while the family laid in, and again on Monday before work. I just had a good feeling about being by the Thames in early October, even though the forecast of good river-watching conditions didn’t materialise. And it paid off – number 201 was a southbound Osprey (another grip-back) called by Howard as it passed over the reserve towards Dartford Marshes at 9 am! A Brambling on the sea wall, a smart House Martin x Swallow hybrid with other hirundines and a Common Seal (rare in London) also justified the delayed start to the working day, and I headed in to the Birdwatch office in fine fettle for tackling the forthcoming November issue.
London year-list update:
200. Manx Shearwater.
Rainham 2010 patch-list update:
146. Manx Shearwater.
|Common Seal hauled out on the Thames foreshore - a London rarity.|