The drizzle had slightly abated, but almost as soon as I'd got out of my car and onto The Thames Path by Thamesmead golf centre, I heard the squawking of Sandwich Terns - 4 of them, all heading upriver and past the outfall. Nice start! 10 minutes later a group of 5 juveniles Black Terns came through too, in amongst a rain shower as you'd expect with this species. Then, to my surprise, a short while later a Goldeneye flew in and landed in amongst a small group of Teal; knowing that this wasn't exactly usual for the site I texted John Archer, and he was able to alert Ian Millar and Steve Carter who arrived and got some decent views before the bird flew off west in the direction of Barking Bay.
|juvenile Black Tern - nice blodge on the foreflanks|
|Dark leading edge to the upperwing and obvious dark secondaries on underwing|
|concolourous rump and tail|
|quite advanced moult of mantle feathers|
|Goldeneye - heading off towards Barking Bay|
|Cross Ness Seal - increasingly regular in The Thames|