It’s been a busy month for birds at Riverside Country Park…
Wader-wise, Avocets have been around the 150-200 count for most of the week, the Icelandic Black-wits have remained in good numbers, Knots have recently arrived in good numbers around the 24th, more and more Snipe are moving into the saltmarsh, and the Peregrines are now being regularly seen hunting the high tide waders roosts on the estuary.
The Red-breasted Mergansers have been showing well on high water off Copperhouse/Eastcourt Meadows, and the numbers of wildfowl keep getting higher and higher!
This week has seen regular sightings of Fieldfare moving overhead, and we are still picking up flyover Siskin and Redpoll. A Kingfisher has been showing very well from the bird hide at Rainham Dock East, and a Med Gull has been seen in the Sharp’s Green Bay car park.
Of interest to those who visit Riverside regularly, keep an eye on the progression of our new Turtle Dove crop – full of nectar rich plants for insects, and some nice seed for Turtle Doves and other birdlife.
In Mote Park recently the Little Owls have been busy setting up territories, Kingfishers are being reliably seen from the Big Bridge over the Causeway, and Redwing and Siskin are moving around the parks hedgerows and tall Alders respectively.
Additionally, l am over the moon to be leading the below Bargain Birding Club weekend break to the Welsh Borders! Make sure you book quickly to secure a place. Red Kites, Goshawk, Dipper, woodpeckers, and finches, are all hoped for during this early spring break! For more information use the contact me page.