Trip reports

Rainham Marsh RSPB Reserve

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Eight hardy souls braved the rain for the visit to Rainham Marshes but from the visitor centre we were greeted by a tame pheasant and some of our group saw a little egret and a few flocks of tit's species overhead,while on the feeders we saw house sparrows and finches feeding.

Overlooking the scrapes from the hides we had good views of the wintering ducks and waterfowl along with a few redshank and snipe flying around the scrape. Walking between the two hides we had excellent views of a marsh harrier hunting over the reed beds and reed bunting feeding along the path before views of a kestrel hunting from the main hide. Walking back to visitor centre a pintail was hiding itself with the gadwall before a few more raptors made a appearance with a kestrel and sparrowhawk
sheltering from the rain in the trees in the woodland area. A few of us walked along the seawall to the bay where we had a good view of a meadow pipit and a good numbers of teal, redshank and curlew feeding out in the bay with a lone common seal.


Sightings

Collared Dove, House Sparrow, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit,Little Egret, Herring Gull, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Lesser Blacked-backed Gull, Chaffinch, Pheasant, Starling, Greenfinch, Dunnock, WoodPigeon, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Black Bird, Mallard, Goldfinch,Teal, Wigeon, Lapwing, Grey heron, Cetti Warbler (heard only), Moorhen,Coot, Carrion Crow, Common Redshank, Snipe, Great-Backed Gull, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Pochard, Mute Swan, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Gadwall Pintail, Sparrohawk, Waterail (heard only), Redwing, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Curlew,Common Seal.