July, 2014

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Echinops Action

    The clumps of Echinops (Globe Thistle) are just coming into bloom around the wildlife garden and are a magnetic draw to almost any insect that can fly or navigate its way to these nectar filled spiky balls of delight. Today there were various bees and butterflies in attendance as well as various wasps and hoverflies....

    However, Lawrence Rogers got some shots of the best thing today with a huge Queen Median Waspthat had stopped for a refuel and was taken on by a stroppy worker Wasp with suicidal tendencies....

    I have to admit that I thought it was a Hornet but was happy to be corrected.....  that's how we learn!

    One snip and off comes your head.......

    31-7-14

  • Chat Back

    Yesterday a Wheatear was seen briefly by the Giant Ant Hill and I forgot to add it into my report... today it showed very well by the Reedbed DZ and everyone managed to get some great shots of this immaculate juvenile bird. I was suprised that it did not show some signs of real juvenile scaling above or below being this early in the season so I presume that it's parents got going good and proper once on their breeding grounds!

    (Tony Orwell)

    (Russ Sherriff)

    Waders were pretty much as yesterday with only a few extra probing Snipe to add to the list. ..... 8 Black Tailed Godwits, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, 86 Lapwing and the male Ruff.  

    Tony O also got good views of an immature Water Rail and one of our cute Tufted Duck broods....

    Plenty of Martins and Swallows around again and the Kingfishers were vocal on the Mar Dyke and seem to have another three chicks on the wing which is great news.

    Let's see what tomorrow brings..............  oh and if anyone would like to wander round a bit earlier, I should be in by 0730 if you would like early access.

    30-7-14

  • Hungry Hawker steals the glory...

    It was not a bad day out on the reserve with a fair selection of waders over the high tide late in the afternoon including 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Avocet , 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, Ruff and 5 Snipe. Purfleet Scrape seems the best bet although the waters are dropping on Aveley now so fingers crossed. Perhaps we shall get the Collared Pratincole that has now left RSPB Minsmere?  The Bearded Tits were not as obliging today but were still to be found on the Northern Trail and Dragonfly Pool areas while both juvenile Marsh Harriers were seen tangling up over the Silt Lagoons....

    However, star of the day was avian but insectoidal with a superb Blue-eyed Hawker being found by the ever sharp Jerry Hoare in front of the Ken Barrett Hide late this afternoon....

    Oh and before I forget, we are a bit short tomorrow and with various volunteers being on holiday in far flung localtions there will be no Wednesday Walk.... sorry

    29-7-14