Monday, 16 January 2012

Trip to rainham marshes

Had a nice trip out to Rainham Marshes in essex with my local RSPB group started off pretty well with 2 Stonechats showing them well well by the first hide before we had a flyover Marsh Harrier then walked around to the woodland section where we had 4 Redwings plus Robins, Greenfinches and Starling.

At the Hide over looking the main scrape we had over 500 wigeon showing very well along with Greylag and Canada Geese, Gadwall, Mallards and a few Pintail, Grey heron and Pied Wagtail. Then walking around to the boardwalk had view of the Peregrine on the pylon and a flyover snipe.

Walking around the main reedbeds no sign of the Beared Tits in they favoured area and Meadow Pipits and Linnets were seen in the last hide before a hunting Sparrowhawk fly over. Then walked along the seawall had a few wader with a Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew a few Dunlin and quite a few Redshanks and lots of Teal out feeding on the River Thames. Along the side of the Thames lots of Starling and Meadow Pipits and 2 Rock Pipits a great find and a good end to the day with over 50 species seen.

Stonechat perched in the reedbed

Stonechat perched in the tree

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