Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rainham Marshes

Breezy but warm.  An increase in Black-Tailed Godwit islandica numbers than my last visit with at least 45 counted (44 on Aveley and 1 on Purfleet) with some really smart adult birds there.  On Aveley Flashes, three juvenile Little-Ringed Plover remained with small numbers of Teal and Shoveler.  Two Whimbrel flew low over the reserve and toward Aveley Bay.  A lone Swallow flew through.

A distant Common Buzzard hovered on the breeze towards Wennington.

The Kingfisher showed well albeit briefly from the MDZ as did a young Water Vole oblivious to the onlookers peering through the netting.

A pristine Painted Lady settled on the path up towards the Riverside, where a Common Darter flew past.  A few Black-Tailed Skimmer were seen around the reserve.

Water Vole

Black-Tailed Skimmer

Painted Lady

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