|sunrise at Oare Marshes|
|Sunrise over the estuary|
|black tailed godwits and redshanks|
|more black tailed godwits and redshank|
Having returned to the car, I headed off to Rainham Marsh as I wanted to be through the Dartford tunnel before rush hour. Here, after a coffee, I had a good wander around, without noting anything wonderful. 5 pintails coming out of eclipse plumage were good and I heard several bearded tits near thew dragonfly pond. Again usual suspects were present but I was soon back on the car park that was the M25. and home.
All in all, not my greatest day birding, but still a joy to be out.
Species list from the day:
little grebe, great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, greylag goose, canada goose, brent goose, shelduck, (10 sp) mallard, gadwall, pintail, shoveler, wigeon, teal, pochard, tufted duck, sparrowhawk, kestrel, (20 sp) common buzzard, pheasant, spotted crake, moorhen, coot, oystercatcher, avocet, golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, (30 sp) redshank, greenshank, black tailed godwit, curlew, snipe, ruff, black headed gull, mediterranean gull, herring gull, lesser blcak backed gull (40 sp) great black backed gull, sandwich tern, stock dove, wood pigeon, collared dove, tawny owl, green woodpecker, greateer spotted woodpecker, swallow, meadow pipit, (50 sp) pied wagtail, grey wagtail, wren, dunnock, robin, redwing, mistle thrush, blackbird, blackcap, chiffchaff, (60 sp) great tit, coal tit, blue tit, long tailed tit, bearded tit (heard)magpie, jay, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, (70 sp) starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, linnet, goldfinch, greenfinch, bullfinch, reed bunting.
In total 78 species.