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