Tuesday, 17 December 2013

CoalHouse Fort, Tilbury

The plan was to reach Coalhouse Fort well before high tide.
The plans went a little awry and we arrived at Tilbury at high tide. The result being very few birds to be seen.

The first birds seen were two Grey Plovers, both were struggling to find a perch between them
A small flock of Corn Buntings were seen around the moat area and a pair of Stonechat were a welcome sight, a single Little Egret was also seen when it flew from the moat.

Avocets were very much in evidence, with a count approaching 1500 birds. Shelducks were also seen in good numbers with over 100 birds seen.
A single Great Black-backed Gull drifted over and put the huge flock of Avocets up briefly. 

On route home we dropped in at Rainham and parked up at the Stone barges.
Good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits were roosting on the barges along with Redshanks, Lapwings and smaller numbers of Dunlin.


  1. Not sure but i think iv'e just seen a Snowy Egrit at Coalhouse Fort in the water behind the far bunkers.

  2. Hi Mark It would probably have been a Little Egret.