September, 2017

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Guest Blog: Meet Robyn....

    We have a new member of the Rainham team! Meet Robyn, our new Active in Nature Development Officer.

    She wanted to introduce herself to you all... take it away Robyn!

    Hi everyone, I have recently joined the Rainham team as the development officer for the Active in Nature project, it has been a pleasure already getting out and about on the reserve getting to know you all and I look forward to continue doing so, if you see me around, come and say hello!

    Last week we went out for a nice and easy morning run. Have some free time on Sunday mornings and enjoy running with a view?

    Come and join RSPB Rainham Harriers at 9.30am every Sunday, meeting at the reception desk. £1 donations and all abilities welcome! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Regular runner Paul continued on a longer run (and faster) than what has been tracked, perhaps I can keep up with him this week!

  • Guest blog: Friday 29 September sightings by Pat Hart

    Pat is one of our fabulous walk leaders, and he has written a blog about his day on Friday 29 September here at Rainham Marshes.

    Take it away Pat!

    RSPB Rainham Marshes - Friday 29th September

    A warm, sunny periods and showers day. The pintail on Averley Flash is starting to show that he’s a male as he comes out of eclipse plumage.

    Only 6 species of wader seen today but that included 15 Ruff (mostly juveniles) and 3 Little Stints!

    Bearded tits were heard pinging by the Dragonfly Pools - it's worth having a look if you walk around there.

     Bearded tit by Mark Vale

    A pair of Stonechat near the Butts Hide was a cheery sight as was the Kingfisher that flashed by under the one-way exit bridge as I crossed.

    It’s quite some time since I found a Goldcrest at Rainham so one in the woodland was a real bonus. Strangest sighting of the day was the small flock of Rose-ringed Parakeets that headed across Averley Flash and over the river late afternoon.

    Total species experienced 62, and I enjoyed my stroll around the reserve!

    Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 15 Ruff, 3 Little Stint, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 6 Rose-ringed, Parakeet, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bearded Tit, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, 2 Stonechat, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting

  • Leaving it late or timing it perfectly?

    Every autumn or so we get a late juvenile Cuckoo and that usualy coincides with the emergence of the caterpillars of the quite scarce Reed Dagger moth which like the Oak Eggars and Drinkers in the spring and summer, seem to like crawling across the boardwalks as they move from one patch of reed to another.

    Reed Dagger - John Ferguson

    This makes them easy prey for a beady eyed and ever hungry Cuckoo who now has to fend for himself, no longer having an exhausted Dunnock, Reed Warbler of Meadow Pipit to ram a beakful of insect life into his waiting maw.

    John Humble


    Bob Cooper


    John Ferguson


    Bob Cooper

    This one is spending most of its time hunting from the electric fence between the Butts Hide and Target Pools and shows incredibly well at times!

    Oh and the Hobbies and Whinchat like these posts too!

    Hobby - Steve Ball


    Whinchat - Barry Tranfield

    and some other sightings from today too...

    Thursday 21st September

    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Woodlark, juv Cuckoo, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, 6 Ruff, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Red Kite, 17 Skylark, 4 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, Hobby, 32 Black-tailed Godwit 2 Blackcap, 18 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Avocet, Ringed plover, Lesser Redpoll, Golden Plover