Gone was yesterday's drizzle and super low cloud that brought in more finches and thrushes and hello Mr Blue Sky and his best buddy Little Ray of Sunshine... mmm... however unlike yesterday when I was working (yes I know) in the car park all day, I was indoors all day on reception but somehow still managed a very respectible tally that basically focused around raptors with six species seen and in fact at one stage all of them at the same time were on view!

So here we go....

Kestrel...

John Humble - orange ringed 1K was still around and Max is tracing it for us


Russ Sherriff - one of the pale juveniles

Sparrowhawk...


Bill Crooks - lots of activity today

Buzzard...


Bill Crooks - One of two today

Marsh Harrier...


John Humble - at least five on site at the moment in cluding two adult males

Red Kite...


Marianne Taylor -  this single and duo were seen today


Denis Tuck - a headless tussel with a Carrion Crow

On top of that it was only the edge of the Woodpipgeon movement that accounted for true passage today with our 2100 being part of just shy of 50,000 that headed south on the usual narrow funnel between the powerstation chimney and mega pylons before 0900.

Friday 27th October 2017

  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Great White Egret east 1013, 2100 Woodpigeon south 7.40- 9 am, 3 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2f, imm m, 2ad m Marsh Harrier, pr Peregrine, 2f1m Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, 30 Chaffinch, Siskin, Goldfinch, 2 Redwing, 4 Curlew, 53 Redshank, 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 98 Dunlin, 30 Lapwing, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Rock Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, 7 Stonechat, 10 Pheasant, Blackcap