Saturday dawned sunny and cold but without the biting wind that has been such a feature as of late. There were half a dozen or so Chiffchaffs along the cycle path at Hackney Marshes but very few other passerine migrants; no Wheatears remained on the racecourse, and the wintering Firecrest finally appears to have moved on. Two Water Rails showed very well together in one ditch, and four Lesser Redpolls flew over. At Passage House a stomp around the edge of the reedbed at low tide produced a Jack Snipe that was very nearly trodden upon before flushing and alighting deeper within the reeds. Also a Rock Pipit was heard and seen in flight briefly.
I returned to Passage House shortly before high tide in the afternoon, where a Dunlin had joined a party of 14 Redshanks, and other waders included a Greenshank and 17 Curlew.
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