Friday, 14 October 2011

Rainham Marshes

Had a great few hours over at Rainham this afternoon; walking from the center to Aveley Bay and back then a circuit around the reserve.

I also had my first go a digiscoping with a few disastrous results but it was good fun trying.

In the walk to Aveley Bay it was good to see the Rock Pipets back with two seen along the shore line; reaching the bay there were a group of about c50 Black Headed Gull and a group of Redshank c65. A solitary Avocet, Ringed Plover and Curlew with two Great Black Backed Gulls.

Lee's Local Birding - Ringed Plover & Redshank - Aveley Bay
I also had a Female Wheatear land a few feet away and then move swiftly on, a really bad digi scope shot:

Lee's Local Birding

Back in the reserve i headed via the Woodland Zone round managing to catch a Cettis Warbler for the first time in a few months and a single Dunlin over by the far end of the Northern Trail before it bends off to Butts Hide.
Lee's Local Birding

Lee's Local Birding - Dunlin (it is)

As well as a good selection of birds i managed to take this Dragon, dont know its name yet and i saw lots of them so i presume its very common.

Lee's Local Birding
Other birds seen: Common Gull, Reed Bunting (Male Juv), Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Stock Dove, Skylark x2, Greylag & Canada Geese, Little Egret x6, Mute Swan, Carrion Crow x17 on the Target Pools, Lapwing, Pochard, Teal, Litte Grebe x4, Redshank x8 in reserve, Starling, Woodpigen, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Grey Heron, Kestrel x2, Magpie, Starlings, House Sparrows
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