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  • Blog Post: Bird Seed Offer - 31 August - 6 September

  • Blog Post: Rain starts play....

    The last two days have seen some pretty inclement weather across the River and marsh and we have seen a good selecetion of waders once again with some very obliging Ruff and two new Spotted Redshanks, Wood Sandpiper, a group of Golden Plover and both Sanderling and Turnstone again. Ruff (Alan Shearman...
  • Blog Post: Tall Ships Return

    Over the last two days we have seen several Tall Ships heading majestically up river in some terrible conditions. There will be a small gathering in the City over the Bank Holiday before they return on the afternoon of Monday 31st August (or so we are told) so it might be worth looking on line to check...
  • Blog Post: Glittering Emeralds...

    Great news from today with Yvonne Couch taking some shots of the first Willow Emerald damselfly of the season. It was seen just beyond the Cordite I believe but I reckon that checking the Troll Bridge and Bomb Crater Willows will provide more sightings of this colonising species. note the white...
  • Blog Post: A catch up, some mud lounging, high speed insect gardening and late nighting

    Evening all... Sorry for a quiet week with posts.... manic with summer holiday stuff on the reserve and barely a moment to think and then went to the Rutland Bird Fair yesterday to 'work' on the RSPB stand promoting Rainham (and other reserves) as well as reminding the birding public that...
  • Blog Post: Bat & Moth Night - Friday 11 September

    Just give us a ring on 01708 899851 to book your place! 20-8-15
  • Blog Post: Insectology and some Quality Hoverating

    Another busy Saturday that started well with a Little Tern heading up river early doors along with a few Common Terns and whilst brewing my first cuppa I noticed that the hedges in the car park were alive with birds so me and my cup of cha headed outside for a look around. The crowd of Blue, Great...
  • Blog Post: Waders a Plenty and a Blue Eyed Beauty

    I am not one for lists on here but just a quick update for yesterday to entice you down... Golden Plover, 42 Black tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 8 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 95 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Common Tern, Little Tern...
  • Blog Post: Magic Rain...

    With rain throughout yesterday evening and night through to about 7am, it looked promising for some wader action today on the reserve and we were not to be disappointed with a staggering 19 species being recorded! 5 Sanderling, Knot, 10 Dunlin, Turnstone, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew...
  • Blog Post: Sleep? I don't remember that bit!

    The last 24 hours or so have all blurred into one... It started for me with a walk around the marsh in the scorching August sunshine with a good long stop in the Cordite for some quality Hoverating. A couple of male Eristalis intricaria were defending their territories in a typically showy hoverfly manner...
  • Blog Post: "Well, I'm a Megachile, Lord I'm a Magachile..."

    I'm so sorry but everytime I get to write something about Megachile Leafcutter Bees , I can't help but slip into a little bit of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile'... see there it is again, all heavy rift and grinding beat... I shall continue writing with it playing along... In the...
  • Blog Post: Think Small...

    With birds still ever so slightly on the back burner, it is stil the insects that hold sway in the attention stakes on the reserve (at least for the likes of me!) and there is still a huge wealth of different species to encounter of the coming weeks. Imposing Emperor dragonflies are laying eggs and...
  • Blog Post: Art in the Purfleet Hide : Friends of RSPB Rainham Marshes Facebook Page Art Exhibition... from 3rd August ... for a while!

    Yesterday I hung 32 ecelectic pieces of artwork in the Purfleet Hide from followers of the FoRSPBRM FB page. What a wonderful mix of black and white and colour photography, wildlife and otherwise, poetry, fine water colour and bold oils. So if you have a chance to get down and have a look please do....
  • Blog Post: Surgery Required

    The huge Sallow behind the bench at the Woodland Feeders has been creaking and groaning for a while now but in recent days the base had visibly split three ways where each of the main trunks emerged. So today, my Dad and I tackled this mighty tree and gave it a refreshing new hair cut and style...
  • Blog Post: About a Bee...

    This quick little post is mostly about a bee that I rescued from the floor of the visitors centre on Thursday afternoon. He was very poorly and on his last legs but was still moving so I mixed up some sugar in a little warm water and encouraged him to take a drink. It took a little while to twig that...
  • Blog Post: Probing... A wonderful waderish word

    Well, it's what they do! We have been graced by some early returning Arctic waders in recent weeks and the most popular amongst them have been the Whimbrel with their stripy heads, Gonzo bills and whistled calls. Russ Sherriff had a great day yesterday and managed some quality images of these...
  • Blog Post: Full of Life

    The rain may of stopped for a few days and the wind has swung south westerly so at least the temperature has risen slightly. Plenty of young birds out on the marsh. Not so much Lapwings and Redshanks now with all the fledging done but bucket loads of young Whitethroats, Reed and Sedge Warblers, more...
  • Blog Post: River watching and some Garden Wildlife

    Not too bad a list for today out on the marsh and river Thames with a fair selection of waders including two Oystercatcher, 25 Black tailed Godwit, Curlew, Whimbrel, two Snipe,two Little ringed Plover, 4 Greenshank and three Dunlin. Ruth saw two Sandwich Tern down by the Barges and despite there being...
  • Blog Post: The female of the species....

    Clive "Waspy" Watts has been diligently searching out our Wasp Spiders and must have located over 200 by now and has witnessed some interesting behavior involving the diminutive males as they make their way with trepidation towards their potential love interest. Last year Clive often saw...
  • Blog Post: Late Night opening and Moth Night............ tomorrow, 24 July...

    The Late Night Opening will still be on tomorrow regardless of the weather as rain may bring in some birds BUT I suspect that by any stretch of the imagination that the Moth Night that was going to follow on afterwards will not be happening. Just have a look at the chart for the day below and I think...
  • Blog Post: Enough humbugs to fill a bag...

    Little Grebes are prolific breeders - they have to be as the mortality rate for such snack sized morsels is very high and it is not unusual for us to see broods still being brought off even into early October. As such there are still plenty of gigglers out there with attendant stripy humbugs and Elaine...
  • Blog Post: On the menu....

    With the Kingfisher chicks obviously growing very fast, it has been interesting to note the increased variety of prey that both parents have been bringing. Gone are the first brood days of Stickleback followed by Stickleback followed possibly a Smooth Newt folllowed inevitably by a Stickleback. So...
  • Blog Post: More eyes in the skies

    Just had to share this short video from Pat Hart of one of the new local juvenile Peregrines that came to play on Friday. A whopper of a bird and already very proficient at stopping on unsuspecting lunch! What was probably the mother of this bird had a more successful time of things over the Purfleet...
  • Blog Post: It's Ragwort time again! Help needed.... please!

    15-8-15
  • Blog Post: Botany Bimble

    Last Friday I had a wonderfully relaxed two hour stroll around the marsh before we opened. Needless to say I had the place to myself and it was wonderfully warm and pleasant. Ornithologically it was fairly quiet although I did get some lovely views of the Bearded Tits, nine more early moving Siskins...