Trip reports

Rainham Marshes 29th February 2020

Rainham Marshes 29th February 2020
Firecrest at WWT Arundel 29JAN20. (Peter Hambrook)

Monday, 16 March 2020

Weekend walk at RSPB Rainham Marshes, Saturday 29 February 2020

Following a poor weather forecast, it wasn't too surprising that only Ken and myself turned up at Rainham. After a very civilised coffee, while watching the busy bird feeders, we set off around the reserve, seeing lots of pintail, wigeon, shoveler and teal. Most of the waders seemed to be redshank, plus a few curlews, while a marsh harrier patrolled in the distance. Cetti's warblers called, unseen, all around us.

As we reached the bushy area the rain came on quite steadily, but we did manage a brief view of a firecrest before we scurried on to the hides. The rain then stopped but it did become windy. Hundreds of lapwings kept flying up and a skylark was singing, whilst two linnets bathed in a pool. From the last hide we finally saw some snipe, including one swimming, plus one bar-tailed godwit.

A blustery walk along the river only gained us a rock pipit and a great crested grebe. We then had a last look for the firecrest but only managed to see a chiffchaff.

Surprisingly, we saw about fifty-four species in all, so quite a good day.

Ron Jackson