Red Kite - photographed from the back garden. I was fortunate to get this shot as the bird was so low that it was mostly out of sight behind the neighbours' houses.
At least 12 great northern divers flew past Orcombe Point between 0530 and 0610 this morning. Most were heading north or north-west but 4 birds went east. Also off there was a first-summer mediterranean gull and c10+ sandwich tern.
A quick look off Mudbank was worthwhile as a red kite flew north before crossing the river. It was the first of 9 red kites today, the rest seen from the garden, heading north upriver. The closest one was really low, pretty much flying up Belle Vue Road on a more easterly bearing. I'm sure that if I'd sat and scanned all day I'd have got loads more. Also 1 peregrine, 1 sparrowhawk and a flock of c30+ wader sp high south, most likely whimbrel.
Today's first Red Kite heading across the river.
Second-summer Great Black-backed Gull with a big crab.