April, 2011

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Dragon time!

    Quite a few dragons and damsels on the wing now...

    Azure Damselfly (Jerry Hoare)

    Blue-tail (Howard Vaughan)

    Large Reds (Chris Lowe)

    Broad-bodied Chaser (Pete Jackson)

    Four Spot Chaser and Hairy Hawker are also on the wing so look out as you wander round!

     

  • and some Hobbies!

    Two cracking Hobby shots by Brenda.

    The Grasshopper Warblers continues to show well and we now have at least five along the perimeter of the marsh.

    Grasshopper Warbler (Les Harrison) How do they make that amazing noise?!

     

  • 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 Grey Plover today as well.

    Whimbrel (Barry Jackson)

    A couple of Greenshank have been on the pools and Wheatears and the Ring Ouzel are still at the west end of the river wall.

    The last few days have seen at least nine acrobatic Hobbies dancing after insects above the marsh with two Kestrels joing in on the fun. Meanwhile out pair of Peregrines are still active and showing well most days.