Monday, 6 January 2020

Richard's Pipit: Halstow Marshes, Kent

On route to Halstow Marshes in Kent, we stopped off at Eagle Pond in Snaresbrook and quickly located the adult Caspian Gull. It was loafing at the back of the pond in the company of two Canada Geese and a Cormorant.

Traveling along the A2 towards High Halstow, we had very little information as to where to park, so we called in at the RSPB Northward Hill Centre. The staff were very helpful and we were soon following the directions to Clinch Street to begin the long walk out towards Egypt Bay. The walk to the bay was around 3km and the only person we saw was Kent birder Barry Wright who was on his way back. A quick chat and we learn some very helpful info on the best areas to look for the Richard's Pipit. I picked up a couple of year ticks on route with two Reed Buntings and a flock of nine Stock Doves. The next hour was spent trying to pin down the Richard's Pipit. It was constantly on the move. Finally, with some patience, we managed some decent bin and scope views.

Halstow Marshes

Richard's pipit

We paid our respects to the birders who never made it back!

As we approached the final wooden stile we were rewarded with a superb Barn Owl perched in a small tree. It soon began to hunt along the edges of the field and was a nice reward for the 7.5km (4.6mi) walk out and back.

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