Our Little Grebes are on their second broods at least at the moment and at least two of these broods are allowing a close approach and are posing for photos with their new famlies.
There have been several sightings of Red Kite over the reserve over the last few months including last weekend but none of us had caught up with one till about half hour ago when a call from Nicole on eth radio had us scampering for our bins and cameras as it flew over the woodland and then down the Mar Dyke and across the Thames.
Quite tatty and looking like an immature bird but very welcome none the less.
Six Continental Black-tailed Godwits, a family of Little Ringed Plovers, Peregrine and Cuckoo have been the day's highlights.
There are baby birds everywhere from Starlings, Sparrows and Greenfinches around the feeders, mixed tit flocks in the woodland, waders and wildfowl out on the pools, Sedge and Reed Warblers in the phragmites and bobby Pied Wagtails bimbling around the car park....
Where ever you look RSPB Rainham Marshes has provided a safe breeding ground and now a safe(ish) school in which to learn the rigours of the big wide world.
Pied Wag... You're Gorgeous! (Brenda Clayton)
Juvenile Sedge Warbler out fending for itself at just afew weeks old (Brenda Clayton)