October, 2012

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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  • and some other stuff from today...

    Amazingly we have had a few Swallows and House Martins around this week and today was no exception with nine Swallows and a very late Sand Martin seen zipping south into the wind. Quite amazing when you come to think that above them flocks of Redwings were dropping in along with the odd Blackbird and Song Thrush. Pintail increased to 12 today and amongst the waders there were still two Ruff and a single Greenshank to be found while the Golden Plover flock seems currently steady at 65.

    As I mentioned earlier the Greenfinches seem to be on the way up with over 30 today. First thing most were actually in the car park feeding on the large plump, ripe hips of the Rosa rugosa. managed to get a shot through the centre window today.

    Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were all active and the Canada Goose flock reached 161 today out on Purfleet Scrape. No wild extras today though!

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  • Spooky Trail still driving you bats!

    There may only be two hours left of Halloween but just because the majority of the creepy nighttime denizens have gone back to where they belong does not mean that the spooky trail out on the marsh is all closed down.... No!!!!  We still have four days left so come along and join in! Further details can be found on our events page!!!

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  • Orange Finch!

    We still had two Bramblings around today and one of the males showed very well up till mid morning with the growing Greenfinch flock. Such vibrant colours and always an unmistakable moment when that flash of orange and a glowing white rump appears in front of you!

    (Brenda Clayton)

    (Basil Thornton)

    and we do not want to leave out the Greenfinches!

    Cracking shot Basil!

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