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  • Blog Post: Almost a sping-like feel in the air

    Yesterday was not overly warm but the birds were all buoyed by the splash of sunshine. Skylarks were in song across the reserve and several showed well along the foreshore as they hovered overhead unsure as to whether or not to give it there all or to return to the saltmarsh to continue to search for...
  • Blog Post: Spotted Redshank eventually gives itself up!

    Mark H got some good shots of the Spotted Redshank today. Two were seen on Saturday and the Golden Plover flock has reached 59. Spot Red & Teal
  • Blog Post: The rescue continues

    With the soil hopefully arriving later this week it was imperative that the clearance of the pond continued. Terry and Mark Hart both came in today and did a sterling job and pond dipping the remaining waters so that as much live as possible can be transfered to the perimeter ditch. Amongst the critters...
  • Blog Post: and some bird news

    At least 11 Bearded Tits still around for the last couple of days and a Short-eared Owl put on a fine performance from the visitor centre today. The remaining t hree Pink-footed Geese are still to be seen out on the Target Pools and a very late Wheatear was seen yesterday. Wheatear (Russ Sherriff...
  • Blog Post: Fine winter fayre...

    Fieldfares are a little scarce at the moment (not been cold enough!) but there are still one of two around the woodland area and they practically have all the hawthorn berries to themselves at the moment! Les Harrison managed to sneak up on this normally very skittish bird the other day. Waxwings...
  • Blog Post: Crack of Dawn ... again

    One week on and another Dawn Chorus beckons. It is 0335 and the birds ar already in full song in preparation for the arrival of those bold enough to get up at this time! It is a little warmer this week and there is a fairly stiff breeze but this does not seem to be putting off the birds. Song Thrushes...
  • Blog Post: Glorious day for butterflies

    With another nice day before the weather breaks again next week it is good to see so many butterflies around the wildlife garden at the moment. Many are coming to the buddleia and mint as well as the globe thistles and hemp agrimony that is in the bog garden (which looks great by the way!) Small Tortoiseshells...
  • Blog Post: Scorching Insect Afternoon

    Strangely enough there was not a lot of time for blogging over the weekend so here is a little roundup of the incredibly successful Insect Afternoon walk on Saturday when temperatures were not far of 30c. Bit too warm for most critters but we persevered and everyone had a great time. Annie, Chris and...
  • Blog Post: A spectacle...

    Tides are perfect for us at the moment and we are being treated to a fine display right in front of the centre windows for most of the day with about 1500 Lapwing, 250 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Golden Plover, 500 Dunlin and up to 29 Curlew putting on a great show as they whirl about over the Purfleet...
  • Blog Post: Wing dancing

    This is one of my favourite little flies that inhabits the woodland here. It is especially numerous within the Cordite Store where it can be seen perched on leaves waiting for small prey to pounce on. Both the sexes are shiny green but the male has striking black rear half to the wings with a milky white...
  • Blog Post: Time to celebrate!

    A great day on the marshes with our 200th bird species of 2010 being a real belter when Les Harrison found a first-winter male Bluethroat along the Northern Trail at 0820 this morning. It was incredibly elusive and showed only occasionally from the reeds and sedges and as many people went away disappointed...
  • Blog Post: Eared Wonders...

    Afternoon all... another overcast, windy day and I am still going through all the great photos that I was sent while on holiday. Just to keep you going while I sort them out have a couple of wonderful Black-necked Grebe shots from the duo that spent the 4th May paddling round on Aveley Pool! Great...
  • Blog Post: and some birds

    Some waders are moving at last with up to five Gonzo-billed Whimbrels and the first ruddy Bar-tailed Godwits wending their way northwards to their Arctic breeding grounds. One was seen on Wednesday and today there are 38. It is still murky here today and I suspect that we may get Sanderling, Knot or...
  • Blog Post: Moorhens watchout!

    Quartering for business..... Some great footage of one of the three Marsh Harriers that we have at the moment out on the marsh. At one point a second bird briefly appears in the view... Many thanks to Jerry Hoare 27-10-12
  • Blog Post: Content...

    Our three Bewick's Swans stayed until dark and wandered around all afternoon grazing as they went. They were definitely still there as the skies darkened and with any luck will still be present tomorrow morning although wild swans at Rainham have a habit of departing early if they roost overnight...
  • Blog Post: Will they breed?

    A bit like the Black Redstarts we are wondering if the Marsh Harriers may stay and breed this year. At the moment there would appear to be up to five birds using the area with adult, sub-adult and immature (brown) males and at least two large brown female types one of which at least is still retaining...
  • Blog Post: Sunshine basking

    This smart male Holly Blue was photographed by Lawrence Rogers as it enjoyed some mid-afternoon sunshine. The wildlife garden acts as a little suntrap and is often sheltered, even on the breeziest days! They love to sit with the wings folded tight so this was a good moment to catch. 29-5-13
  • Blog Post: Ibis returns

    I was out and about in Kent today (finding lots of good birds on our reserve at Dungeness as it happens) and was very pleased to get a call from Smiffy and Andy Tweed to say that the Glossy Ibis was back at Rainham and happily probing around the Target Pools. Its stayed a couple of hours before heading...
  • Blog Post: A glimmer of arrival..

    Things actually started to pick up in the last hour this afternoon with five Swallow and three Sand Martins moving quickly though followed by the most welcome sight of five Yellow Wagtails glowing like vibrant buttercups as they fed around the feet of the cattle along the old Haul Road. A great feeling...
  • Blog Post: more migrants

    Evening all Another good weekend with a few more migrants sneaking in including our first Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail and House Martin of the year. The Bearded Tits continue to be seen which is encouraging and a single Avocet was seen. Our immature male Marsh Harrier showed well yesterday and much...
  • Blog Post: Quite at home

    A drake Common Scoter has been in Aveley bay since about the 27th April and was still present yesterday over the high tide. He is a very smart chap with almost glossy black plumage and a nice yellow patch on his bill. Wonder when he will head north to the Arctic (or possibly even the peatflows of Scotland...
  • Blog Post: No words required....

    Barry Jackson got real lucky with our Kingfishers on Friday afternoon and with a bit of patience got this fantastic shot... 24-9-12
  • Blog Post: The Original Butterfly...

    Continuing the theme of emerging Butterflies in the warm weather, Dave McGough took these stunning shots of a Brimstone in our Wildlife Garden yesterday... 24-5-12
  • Blog Post: ...and some more good birds!

    Still gloomy but the birding is great. Angie and my KBC kids found a winter plumaged Black-necked Grebe on Aveley Pool and by the time others got round there two summer plumaged adults in full tufty refinery had popped out of the sedges to join it! Hopefully there will be some photos later albeit in...
  • Blog Post: All alive!

    As surprising as it may seem the Aveley Pools Mute Swan brood still have all seven cygnets including the still white Polish youngster. The family have been fairly faithful to the small pool just off the Northern Trail while their neighbours with the late brood of four have seemingly moved out onto Wennington...