Trip reports

Reserve Visit: RSPB Rainham Marshes

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Our day trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes started out with a rather grey and misty outlook for what the day might hold regarding the weather. However, word had gone out to the "weather mixers" in the heavens above that the Eastbourne Group were on their way and they soon got working to shift grey clouds and lift misty skies to reveal a blue sky dotted with small white fluffy clouds. They then ramped up the temperature. It was glorious warm sun, beautiful blue skies and all that Rainham had to offer in terms of the birdlife now on show. We were thrilled.

Nineteen birders split to form groups of twos and fours with the largest group of eleven birders being led by Neil Greenaway, ably assisted by Peter Calladine. With additional help from Sedley Underdown, Steven Teale and Rodney Parker, the birds seen were little and great crested grebe, cormorant, little egret, grey heron, mute swan, Canada and greylag geese, shelduck, mallard, gadwall, tufted duck, pochard, shoveler, pintail, marsh harrier, kestrel, hobby, pheasant, moorhen, coot, avocet, lapwing, oystercatcher, ringed plover, redshank, greenshank, greenfinch (pictured), goldfinch, black headed, herring and lesser black backed gulls, wood and feral pigeons, collared dove, swift, skylark, pied wagtail, robin, wren, whinchat, song thrush, reed, sedge and Cetti's warblers, chiffchaff, black cap, white throat, bearded, long tailed, blue and great tits, starling, house sparrow, magpie, crow, chaffinch, turnstone and dunnock.

A wonderful day that was rounded off in the cafe at Rainham, with delicious offerings of cakes and scones.

The day can safely be called "A Birder's Delight!"