It's amazing what a difference a bit of decent weather makes both to the birds and the pleasure of getting out and seeing them. Spring had certainly come to the Reserve today with 4 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, a Whimbrel, 2 Curlews and a Common Sandpiper all on Aveley and Target pools. There were also 12 Northern Wheatears and, I found three of the 13 Yellow Wagtails which had been reported.
Yellow Wagtails are now an uncommon migrant, and scarce breeding species in the London area
(This one was photographed previously in the Lee Valley)