January, 2016

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Time To Count...

    Evening all... 

    So first things first....  it is BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH WEEKEND.... and it is time for all of you to take part in this huge citizen science project.  Without you it is nothing and this year we hope to have over 500,000 people taking part!

    So, if you have missed it today then please click https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdwatch and sign up and count the birds visiting your garden tormorrow and remember every record counts!

    And I bet many of you have got a Wren in your garden! Thanks to Bill Crooks for the image from the marsh.

    Secondly, last night we were lucky enough to have Mark Avery in the house as he spoke at our Talks On The Wildside about the demise of the Passenger Pigeon and the correlation between its plight and that of our own European farmland birds followed by the strive to end driven grouse shooting on the British uplands and the effects it has on other wildlife, the global environment, water table, people and of course the seemingly terminal plight of our Hen Harriers.

    I am pleased to announce that our reserve will be involved with Hen Harrier Weekend in August this year and I shall post again once we have more details but definitely watch this space...

    And finally, it has been a fair day out on the reserve with a good selection of birds on offer including an unseasonal Knot, 7 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 206 Golden Plover, 500 Dunlin, 1000 Lapwing, 67 Greylag, 23 Shoveler, 38 Pintail, 800 Teal, 1500 Wigeon, 8 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 4 Stonechat, Dartford Warbler, 9 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, Water Pipit, 18 Pheasant, f Merlin, 2m 1f Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl, 2 Raven and of course the now obligatory 2 Short-eared Owls,

    30-1-16

  • Local Group Indoor Meetings & Fieldtrips February 2016

  • Reedmace Munchers

    On Wednesday morning Alasdair Wilcock watched a pair of Mute Swans by the Purfleet Hide taking advantage of the ice to reach the previously inaccessible tasty Greater Reedmace.  If you looked down the perimeter ditch you could see piles of fluff where these duo had been stripping heads!

    I shall let his pictures tell the story...

    The Approach....

    But the Bridge was in the way so...

    The push leg Penguin Belly Slide was required to get to the other side...

    The Grab... made easier by the ice

    The Shake

    The Stuff

    The Cough

    The Drink...

    Birds are opportunistic and this is not the first time we have seen this pair tackle reedmace in this way!