But it wasn't all bad. A visit to Hornchurch Country Park provided me with probably the best views of a Spotted Crake I have had this century. I grew up seeing a good number of these lads when I was a regular visitor to the reserve formerly known as Inner Marsh Farm, but since living the dream here in London unsurprisingly the urban habitat hasn't been suitable for such regular encounters. I really enjoyed this bird, and the place had a nice vibe to it too.
|juvenile Spotted Crake Hornchurch CP, London/Essex 23rd September 2017|
|juvenile Red-necked Grebe Roding Valley, London/Essex 23rd September 2017|
|3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull Rotherhithe, London 23rd September 2017|