Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rainham Marshes

I hadn't planned to head down to the Marshes this morning but after reports of a few waders and a Merg around the bay, it was evident that things were moving through.

Having got there a little too late for the early waders, there were still a few migrants around on a cool, cloudy but bright morning.

Standing by the Coldharbour Lane car park, the four brick-red Bar-Tailed Godwit were seen flying high and away over the river.  Checking the foreshore on the low-tied two Whimbrel were present as they flew low toward the west.  A small group of waders then flew onto the mud at Aveley Bay, that consisted of four Ringed Plover and three summer plumaged Dunlin.

There were plenty of Common Tern feeding mid-river where two Arctic Tern were picked out looking sleek and pristine.

Two Northern Wheatear flew onto the shore, and a Grasshopper Warbler reeled briefly from scrub on the reserve side.  A Corn Bunting was in full song for five minutes or so before going quiet.

A Reed Warbler was singing from a bush close to the car park.

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