Sunday, 11 June 2017

Rainham Marsh 6/5/17

Today I decided on a walk around Rainham,with the weather not starting off great but was to brighten up in the afternoon.
On Arrival we started of with a Coffee as always while I looked at the scrapes I could already see Whimbrel down there,So we set off clockwise around the reserve making our first stop at Purfleet Hide where I counted 9 Whimbrel in total and a lone Greenshank.
We continued with our walk and encountered a family with children throwing stones into the water ect with no interest in the Wildlife so there was no chance of photographing the Water Voles.
We reached Target Hide where I could see 2 of the 3 Wood Sandpipers which was nice along with a Male and Female Marsh Harrier.
We left here and again the family was back in front of us so I decided to turn back and walk the River path instead which was a better choice have a Hobby hunting Martins and a Male Cuckoo.
The tide was going out so exposed mud attracted waders which included a nice breeding plumage Knot,Grey Plover,Dunlin,Bar and Black-tailed Godwit along with Common Redshank.
Just before we reached the tip a Short-eared Owl got up giving us some nice views but no sign of the Ring Ouzels but we did hear the singing Quail which was very vocal but wouldn't break cover.

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