Thursday, 6 December 2012

Snow in London

The start of Monday's session at Rainham Marshes was interrupted by news of a Snow Bunting on the river wall - an excellent find by Dave Smith (thanks to Andy Tweed for the call). Having already got going on gulls near the stone barges, I decided to chance it and leave the bunting until later in the day. Eventually sating my larid quest with three Caspian Gulls (a metal-ringed adult, presumably 'GC', and first-winter and second-winter birds) and about 20 Yellow-legged Gulls, I headed off in search of the bunting mid-afternoon. Fortunately, it transpired I was at the wrong end of the river wall, so I ended up walking the length of the shoreline between Aveley Bay and the reserve centre, and flushing two Jack Snipe, a Common Snipe, six Rock Pipits and a single Water Pipit in the process. Eventually, after a call to Dave Mo to confirm where the bunting had last been seen about four hours previously, I refound it nearby, foraging in the tide wrack - a typically confiding and showy bird, and my second at the site in two years.

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