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  • Blog Post: Topsy Turvy Weather

    It has been a mixed bag weather wise this week with glorious sunshine one day and freezing cold and windy the next but still the birds have struggled in and over the last two days we have seen some new arrivals in the shape of a few Common Swifts scything through the air and a trickle of passage waders...
  • Blog Post: Culmination

    Yesterday was freezing with a northerly breeze that brought back out the woolly hats and gloves and kept the birds closer to the deck but it was by no means dull with three gull species being added to the ever increasing week list with a 1 st summer Common Gull, two adult Med Gulls and a beautiful 1...
  • Blog Post: More Rain... More Birds

    A short blog after a long day. The weather precluded much in the way of footfall but some determined slogging around in generally inclement weather from Dominic, Smiffy, Tweedy, Phil, Pat and Bill resulted in a new day record of 97 species for the site and to be honest I suspect that we could have topped...
  • Blog Post: Invisble Knobbly Knees

    Another day, another potential springtime bonanza of freshly arrived migrants. I arrived at the little car park at about 0730 with and with Stan Brown heading to the Serin Mound and Alasdair Wilcock ambling down the river wall towards the centre I decided to head the other way round the landfill before...
  • Blog Post: Rain Starts Play - 12th April 2016

    I awoke to the sound of rain outside. It was 0330 and I had trouble getting back to sleep. Mmmm... light rain and a light south-easterly... could be interesting I thought. By not long after 0630 I was parked in the little car park at the end of the seawall with no rain or wind but grey skies. A Short...
  • Blog Post: March 2016 Ornithological Summary

    March 2016 Ornithological Summary RSPB Rainham Marshes: March is a funny month as winter wanes and spring attempts a frontal assault but this year things took their time getting going. Our winter residents stayed put with the Short-eared Owls (at least five) entertaining into April while the pair...
  • Blog Post: He is no more; has ceased to be; bereft of life; rests in peace; this is an ex-auk...

    Sadly our star of the weekend is no more... and despite our best efforts to catch him and actually being alive this morning, he shuffled of his mortal coil and became a deceased Razorbill around lunchtime. An unfortunate end to what will undoubtedly become one of the star birds of 2016. On a brighter...
  • Blog Post: Incongruous

    Well, I have to admit that the last thing I expected this morning was for David Dent to find that the Razorbill was still floating around in front of the Ken Barrett Hide and looking quite chipper! Razorbill - Roy Rookes The nice weather meant that we had a full car park by not long after...
  • Blog Post: A Day of Strange Happenings...

    So let’s start at the beginning... on Thursday morning I got out of the car and a little snatch of jingly jangly bird call caught my attention. Alarm bells went off and Serin immediately sprang to mind. It did not call again and I talked myself out of it, blaming it on wishful thinking. Leap...
  • Blog Post: Coot-Fu Fighting

    All images by the talented Tony O'Brien and words but the quite probably not so talented me... 7-6-16
  • Blog Post: Hunting Season

    The nicer weather has seen an increase in the activity of our Marsh Frogs and with that comes the attentions of the Grass Snakes. Louis and Gosia Lawler got lucky and were able to watch the fairly slim snake creeping up on a frog resting on the surface weed. I suspect that even though it could have...
  • Blog Post: Bit of a stall...

    With another change in the weather the inflow of migrants dwindled yesteday but a 'from the window' Tree Pipit that was also being watched by Dave Smith from the outside was a nice start. The rain had not dropped in any Wheatears or other migrants at all and in fact after 22 on Sunday, not one...
  • Blog Post: Sub-Saharan Splurge

    Another early start but the sun rose effortlessly and after the rain last night it felt like there should be some migrants to be found. Although we were not knee deep in them there had certainly been a fall of birds and by the end of the day we had tallied up over 20 Wheatears (including four on the...
  • Blog Post: More skywatching

    Today so a good few pairs of eyes on the sky and unsurprisingly there were more Buzzards on the move with at least a dozen heading high and south along with yet another Red Kite sighting over the visitors centre which I managed to get most people inside onto as it thermalled around before drifing across...
  • Blog Post: Photographic Advice Drop-in Session 4th April

  • Blog Post: And after the storm along came spring...

    So, what has been going on over the last four days? Well, we have had to endure some almost pleasant springish weather with even some regular sightings of blue sky, white fluffy clouds and a touch of sunshine. The wind direction has swung round from west, through north to a fine south easterly today...
  • Blog Post: Sitting tight

    It was encouraging yesterday to get out for a short while looking for that Wheatear and see so many Lapwings already sitting tight on nests across the marsh. I reckon I saw at least ten from the southern trail and there were so many birds tumbling and twisting around that I suspect that there are many...
  • Blog Post: Happiness is a migrant called Wheatear...

    A simple post for a Tuesday evening... For me, Spring felt like it properly arrived this afternoon... The first male Wheatear of the year (and his woman) was predictably hopping around on the Ouzel Fields this afternoon although it took me two attempts to see this little beauty. I almost breath...
  • Blog Post: Katie's Weekend Blast

    Easter Sunday and Monday were not what you would call a busy Bank Holiday with the building of Storm Katie and the subsequent severe thrashing that the reserve got on Monday morning resulting in birds and public alike keeping a low profile. Fortunately, there were no trees down yesterday and after...
  • Blog Post: Photographic Advice Drop-in Session Today and Tomorrow

    Morning all... we have three drop in sessions for all you budding photographers over the Easter period. David Dent is in today and tomorrow and Jim Willett will be in on the 4th April. Just ask at reception for details of where the guys are on the trail and head out and meet them. £1 donation
  • Blog Post: What a Grey Day....

    What a difference a day makes...Increasing southerly wind and temperatures that felt a lot lower than yesterday resulted in a quarter of the footfall today but the change in wind direction did spice things up a little as we had hoped with six tiny little Sand Martins careening through with the wind up...
  • Blog Post: It was a Good Friday...

    Well that was indeed a GOOD FRIDAY with one of our busiest ever days for visitors and such like. The day got going really early and the car park soon filled to capacity and we had to park people on the approach road! Weather wise it was a glorious spring day with five male and four female Common Scoter...
  • Blog Post: Comings and Goings

    Come on Spring! Pull your finger out! Today it almost happened... the air was warmer, the sun came out unexpectedly and there was no breeze or hardly any clouds. The hoped for sprinkle of migrants never happened and we are still awaiting our first Wheatear, Sand Martin and Little Ringed Plover but some...
  • Blog Post: A Life Well Lived

    It has been one of those weeks... I am sorry to announce the passing of the amazing Grace Salter on Friday 18th March at the ripe old age of 106 years and six months. Grace was still helping in our café clearing tables on her 102nd birthday and was undoubtedly the oldest volunteer on the RSPB...
  • Blog Post: Talks On the Wildside - Graham Ekins & The Sea Of Japan - Friday 29 April