February, 2011

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Easterly bring in the birds... again

    A slight north-easterly breeze and an incoming tide has brought a steady stream of Black-headed Gulls up the Thames today with two Kittiwakes and an adult LIttle Gull in tow. The ringtail Hen Harrier is still around and was seen out hunting over the Target Pools and an Egyptian Goose flew down river a little while ago!

  • All change with the toilets!

    and the news just in...

    From 28th February (today)  to 6th March our troublesome toilets are having a refit and the waterless urinals will be replaced with more environmentally friendly (and less smelly) loos that use harvested rainwater, Needless to say there will be some disruption but we have provided some portaloos so we should be ok!.

    Oh and one more thing... please keep your fingers crossed for us but hopefully the wind turbine will be back up by mid March!

  • Slaty Backed Gull... some new photos

    me again. Slaty was seen again on Saturday and Priscille Preston managed some shots of this elusive Japanese gull on the previous Sunday.


    You can see how big and heavy this gull is when standing next to this young Herring Gull. The big body, brown head shawl, slate grey back, huge white terial and secondary bar and really pink legs all point to this being the genuine artical... 

    and in this shot you can see that it is not far of off the size of Great Black Backed Gull which is the biggest in the world.

    I wonder how much longer it will stay around for?