Monday, 11 December 2017

Rainham - A snowy walk along the seawall

Probably the first time in four years we have woken up to a covering of snow and it was still snowing as I made my way to Rainham. I parked in the small car park at the east end of the landfill site and walked east, a pair of Stonechat were feeding beside the seawall footpath and always stayed a safe distance ahead of me.

Looking east from the car prk


A pair of Stonechat always stayed one step ahead of me

Goldfinch finding dropped dock seeds in the snow

Carrion Crow looking a little bedragled

Shaking off the excess snow!

Gorse and snow


A confiding Stonechat right beside the car park as I was leaving!




Thursday, 30 November 2017

Along the seawall at Rainham

Spent a couple of hours along the seawall at Rainham Marshes this morning. A frosty start with sub zero temperatures, blue sky and sunshine disappeared around mid morning and as I left soon after 11am it began snowing!
Stonechat there was a pair at the back of Aveley Bay
Sparrowhawk panicked the teal and wigeon briefly 

AStarling small flock feeding along the tideline

small craft zips by!

small number of Fieldfares seen

Monday, 27 November 2017

Pulborough Brooks in West Sussex

Along with members from RSPB Havering and North-east London local groups, I spent the day at Pulborough Brooks on Saturday. If you are squeamish look away now, but it is not often you get to witness nature 'Red in tooth and claw' a Kestrel had caught a vole and proceeded to devour it on a fence post in front of me!

View from beside the visitor centre, not bad eh?

Robin 
There are some stunning views across the rserve




Kestrel with prey 













Friday, 24 November 2017

Turtle doves 'nearing UK extinction because of farming practices!'

Are we nearing the end of seeing and hearing turtle doves in the UK? I sincerely hope not and so does the rspb. Read about the work they are doing to understand and reverse their dramatic decline HERE

I took the two images below at EWT's Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve back in 2014.



Tuesday, 31 October 2017

RSPB Titchwell Marsh

On Saturday I traveled with members of Havering RSPB Local Members group to Titchwell on the north Norfolk coast. We left Romford at 7.30am and after a few unexpected diversions we arrived at the reserve around 11am. The weather was looking good with some blue sky and sunshine as we headed through the reserve towards the beach.

Brent Geese


There were good numbers of Brent Geese around mainly of the dark-bellied form and around twenty species of wading birds some showing very well. It was great to get the chance to compare Bar and Black-tailed Godwits close up.



Sanderling 
Redshank


Bar-tailed Godwit 
Black-tailed Godwit


Riding the waves 
Sanderling


Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit 
Bar-tailed Godwit


It was a great day with lots to see and among good company. The next trip is to Pulborough Brooks another RSPB reserve this time in Sussex.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Rainham - A Circular Walk

Wandered clockwise around the reserve today, if I am honest it was pretty quiet with most of the bird action out on the Target Pools. There were at least three Marsh Harriers showing well from the Butts Hide and at least six Ruff with one Little Stint, the stint was first seen inflight when a grey heron flushed it along with the ruffs and lapwings. They all settled back down and the stint showed briefly before disappearing behind vegetation.

Just beyond the woodland it was great to find a Wasp Spider with her large egg case! also good to see both Migrant and Common Darters still on the wing.
Marsh Harrier over Targets and taken from the Butts Hide

Little Egret sees off a Coot

Wasp Spider and her egg case

Common Darter

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Red-necked Grebe

Managed to get myself across to Buckhurst Hill in the Roding Valley late morning today. Where on a small lake a juvenile Red-necked Grebe has been showing well for the last few days. It was still there and what a cracking bird in a plumage I have never seen before.