January, 2014

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Funny happenings with The Shard

    It has been agood week for window watching from the centre with daily wader and wildfowl action over the marsh with clouds of swirling Starlings too, as they club together to avoid the attentions of the Marsh Harriers, Peregrines and Sparrowhawks. As ever the view changes by the hour with the panoramic landscape changing by the hour as weather fronts, cloud, rain and sunshine blow through. The vista comes and goes and the London Ciityscape can shine on minute and disappear the next...

    On Tuesday the Shard was shining silver in the early morning light and a curious white blanket of of what we presume to be evapourating moisture streaming out from the opposite side with the wind taking it away and high into the sky... very curious.... and happy to have any other opinions as to what was going on...

    and then there was this morning.....

    It was dull and overcast but the sun was sneaking through and caught hold of the Shard and just like the two occasions when it has similarly caught Canary Wharf, it blazed into dazzling life looking like a quite real Towering Inferno...


  • Snack alternative

    This time of year we often see the Mute Swans grazing on the reedmace in the perimeter ditch. They delicately pull the heads down and pull out clumps of seed before dunking them in the water to make them more paletable.

    Some great shots by the lads...

    (Lawrence Rogers)

    (Tony Orwell)


  • 'I love the smell of Lenor in the morning....'

    Breath it in... an easterly is here... and the waft from the Thameside production plants to the east of the bridge is reaching the reserve. It is gloomy, overcast and wet and we are hoping that the first immigrants from the much colder continent will be on their way very soon.

    And so for a quick little update as we have been blogless since Saturday to take pressure of off our website for the duration of the Big Garden Birdwatch... The incessant rain and the high tides brought in a good feeding flock of about 700 Dunlin, 140 Redshank, six Ringed and a single Grey Plover amongst the usuals. Nice to see them actively probing rather than loafing around dozing. A male Ruff with orange legs and his trademark white horses nose-band is out with the shanks and a flock of 70 Snipe have headed over the river wall and down onto the foreshore.

    The Motleys hav seen Med Gull, Little Gull and Spotted Redshank on their river watch but nothing else seems to be moving yet but we live in hope and my eyes are peeled out of the windows.... Yesterday two adult Caspian Gulls were with a huge flock of three other gulls on Purfleet early doors which was nice but they soon moved on.

    The trails are still very wet beyond MDZ and the end of the Northern Trail so despite what you may hear I would still wear Wellies to get the most out of your visit.
    Curlew and Snipe (Clive Watts)