Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rainham Marshes

A lovely but hasty walk round the reserve on a warm and humid morning yielded a couple of juvenile Sandwich Tern on the river which was a well overdue first for London.

The old landfill held three Northern Wheatear where two Yellow Wagtail flew over.  A Hobby then shot through low towards Aveley Bay.  A couple of Common Sandpiper called as they flicked low over the Thames.

There were plenty of waders.  At least 25 Black-tailed Godwit, three Ruff, a Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, four Greenshank, Redshank, and several Snipe.  A lone Curlew sat on the receding tide on Aveley Bay and there were at least two Yellow-legged Gull there.

A male and female Marsh Harrier were quartering the fields over Wennington, but I inexplicably missed a flyover Osprey.

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