While waiting for news of whether the Pectoral Sandpiper had stayed for another day at Rainham, News of a Little Owl being spotted again very close to home saw me grab the camera and bins and go in search of it.
Five minutes after leaving the house I'm searching the most likely looking trees it was spotted in.
No sign at first, so dad moves round to the other side of the play area and quickly locates the owl sitting out enjoying the sunshine.
Arriving back home just after 9, and a quick check of the bird news services has good news. The Pec Sandpiper is still present at Rainham.
Wasting no time it's in the car and heading for Rainham, arriving at the car park shortly after 9.30.
Heading through the reserve centre and off down the path towards Aveley Pools. Reaching the first platform to find plenty of familar faces already present.
After a little moving about with the scope to get a clear view, the Pectoral Sandpiper is found feeding on a narrow strip of land near the back the the pool.
It's very active and gives good views and a chance to study the birds features.
A couple of Little Ringed Plovers are also present along with plenty of Grey Herons and half a dozen Black-tailed Godwits.
At Purfleet scrape there's good numbers of Little Egrets along with a few Redshanks and a single Black-tailed Godwit.