Despite the strong winds yesterday the contractors managed to crane all the parts of the new Shooting Butts Hide into place and fit them all together. There is still a lot to do but it is already an eyecatching structure and will undoubtedly afford excellent views over both Aveley and Wennington Marshes as it peeps over the top of the old MoD mantlet bank. Hopefully it will not take too long to complete!
A wet and wild week on the reserve so far with strong wind dampening any arrival of summer migrants. A couple of Wheatears were on the 'Ouzel Fields' and we even had a real Ring Ouzel but he was on the river wall! A few Sand Martins and Swallows got blown through and Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were trying their best to be heard in the windy woodland. A pair of Marsh Harriers were still floating around and a Red Kite headed south on Monday afternoon.
It looks like the Rainham Marshes Blog is now alive and well and viewable to you all, so welcome!
A very blustery day with a keen south easterly wind but unfortunately not much in the way of migrant movemnent. Two Sand Martins zoomed south and a single Little Ringed Plover was back on the Marshland Discovery Zone pools. With such a strong winds many of the smaller birds have been keeping low today but our vociferous Cetti's Warblers have actually been showing well around the trails. A female Garganey was found with Teal on the Target Pools and our sixth Glaucous Gull of the winter was seen out on Wennington Marsh.
Cheers for now