We left the shelter of the woods and headed out through the reedbeds that go past the Ken Barratt hide and on to the Tower hide. On the way, a Buzzard wafted over at a great height - nice to see, though not as nice as the Osprey that a lucky few had at 8am this morning... We also had a couple of Marsh Frogs, a smattering of Reed Buntings, lots more invisibly singing Cetti's, and then a little long-tailed thing that 'pinged' furiously as it bobbed across the path in front of us, disappearing deep among the reeds. My first Rainham Bearded Tit for a while - pity it didn't want to pose. The pools were very quiet but we did find several Pochards and a pair of Great Crested Grebes.
The Marshland Discovery Zone is in full Kingfisher mode, but no 'fishers showed during our (admittedly brief) visit. A Little Grebe was fishing enthusiastically in front of the window, as if to make up for lack of Kingfishers. We carried on, seeing nothing much from Purfleet hide, and just about seeing a very high-flying Peregrine by the riverside. Then it was tea and cake time.