August, 2017

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • Spatula billed wonders

    And so quite unlike yesterday, today was a brilliant bright blue sky day with fluffy clouds and although a little shower did come through it was this that brought down the best birds of the day when five Spoonbills descended in ever decreasing circles over Aveley Pool before settling down for a couple of hours.

    top two by me and this one by Jacqueline Suttling - the three juveniles are on the left

    This presumed family party of two adults and three youngsters did not stay too long and after a wash and brush up they headed strongly south and over the Thames but it was a special treat none the less...

    I wonder if they came from the growing population breeding on the Norfolk coast now or perhaps from the Netherlands? None seemd to be colour ringed so we shall never know

    Bye! - Steve Elwell

  • Tern Time - quite a day!

    Phil Street, Andy Tweed and Dave Smith spent six hours sheltering under this huge brolly on the foreshore today while I watched from the comfort of the centre... a great team effort today and the best tern passage up river in many years in wonderfully appalling mist, drizzle and rain!
    Wednesday 30th August 2017
    • RSPB Rainham Marshes: ad Roseate Tern, Little Tern, 11 Black Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern, 325 Arctic Tern, 275 Common Tern, 22 yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Common Gull, 19 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Turnstone, 16 Avocet, Curlew, Whimbrel, 2 Ringed plover, 2 Greenshank, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 21 Lapwing, 500 House Martin, 170 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow, Whinchat, Wheatear,  4 Hobby, Sparrowhawk, f Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier
    30-08-17
  • Autumn Fair - Sunday 10 September 9.30am- 5pm

    Autumn Fair

    Sunday 10 September 9.30am- 5pm

    Come and join us for our fantastic autumn fair and check out our 25 or so stalls. There will be something for everyone with a multitude of wondrous art & crafts, plants, books, Matt the honey man, local RSPB groups, Dr Bike, Jamaican food, TuiNa massage, short guided walks, fossils, face painting and more!