March, 2015

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb ..... Are you sure?

    31st March :   Gamble gamble Baaaaa.......???  I think not!!!  More like Gggrrrrrr  with a howling, growling, toothy westerly gale with fast showers, white horses, a chill blast and lots of resultant bad hair episodes....

    So, a brief recap from the last week; it was actually a fairly quiet few days with no new migrants in until yesterday when two Swallows were seen. A party of five Common Scoter were seen on the Thames on the 24th and were not wholly unexpected given the generally murky, gloomy conditions. Another Red Kite snuck through and the Marsh Harriers have been showing well at various spots.

    To be honest it has all been about the Lapwings in the last few days with nest activity accelerating across the marsh and many sitting birds to be seen if you scan about. Redshanks seem equally frisky and pairs dot the pools along with at least one pair of Little Ringed Plovers. The Spotted Redshank has been to visit again over the high tide although it seems like his Icelandic Redshank wintering companions have finally moved on leaving him to head back to Scandinavia all by himself.

    So, back to the Lapwings; despite the weather there has been some great aerial performances with those males closest to the ramp below the centre offering superb views as they tumble and twirl overhead making all those strange noises and doing the weird concertina thing with their head and neck whilst doing it!

    Alan Shearman got some superb shots yesterday...

    The Ravens are still making sporadic visits but the Lapwings are making their life an absolute misery at the moment and they just head out to the current Lapwing-free Wennington.

    Four pairs of Oystercatcher are using our stretch of the Thames and a pair had become quite reliable as you head around the Bay towards the main Veolia jetty.

    Oystercatchers - Mike Miles

    No more Wheatears or warblers have been seen yet but hopefully it will not be too long now....

    Tomorrow is April after all....

    Sorry about the week's worth of missing blog time.  The whole RSPB website had a bit of a face flift and the Community Pages had to be reloaded causing some of us to experience problems with accessing the 'work' side of the site. Anyway, we have figured things out and it all seems to be working just fine now.

    31-3-15

  • The Woodland Return Loop is closed

    Some trail news.... as some of you may be aware we have had to take up a section of the boardwalk on the return loop in the woodland. The situation underneath was far worse than we thought and the job will take a while longer as we fathom out what to do.... sorry for any inconvenience...

    I will keep you posted on developments...

    31-3-15

  • Tuna Time is over....