The first Little Egret ‘on the deck’ at Thames Road Wetland since winter 2014/15 was seen in the ‘west pool’ on the 30th March. This apparent absence (though for much of the time the site is unmonitored) is perplexing given that the existence of a nearby night-time roost has recently been confirmed, but perhaps the fact that the resources at Crayford Marshes are probably so much better and hardly any further away means they have chosen to fly straight over of late.
A largely sunny and warm, but sometime overcast, afternoon had brought adult Common Lizards out of hibernation, and four were seen basking on various old car tyres.
Other highlights were:
- 4 Cetti’s Warblers downstream of Maiden Lane again – 2 on the wetland, one near the pallet yard to the south and one halfway along By-way 105.
- A Peregrine Falcon flew over the site with prey, settled on the pylon on Stanham Farm but was having trouble subduing it so took off and landed again, then had to take off once more and drifted to the next pylon towards Crayford.
Chris Rose, Site Manager