|Common Buzzard over South Ockendon this morning.|
|A few of the thousands of Woodpigeons streaming south-west.|
You will have noted from the above that no Grey Partridges were found. I went on afterwards to Orsett Fen and notched up a further 81 Red-legs, as well as 200+ Stock Doves and 1,000+ Woodpigeons (all on the deck), but again no Grey Partridges. The more these searches draw a blank, the more convinced I am that the species no longer exists in the wild in our area, and that the very few birds seen from time to time are either releases for shooting or their offspring.
|Common Teal - one day surely a Rainham Green-winged is on the cards.|
|Plenty of European Golden Plovers and Northern Lapwings today.|
|Star billing at Rainham went to this very confiding Bearded Tit.|