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Friday, 24 September 2010

Rainham Marshes RSPB Sept 23rd

I was due to collect some prey remains from a Peregrine site in London, but decided to spend an hour on the river to see if anything was about before going.
On arrival, tide was out, located a single Avocet, Curlew, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank, 4 Black Tailed Godwit all feeding on the mud.They were later joined by singles of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, other than this there was not a lot of movement on the river other than 2 Common Terns heading up river.
It was as I was scanning around looking for a possible Owl that I saw the Greylags lifting up off the marsh, a flock of around 25, as I looked one bird showed up slightly smaller with large white wing bars, even at this distance could confirm an Egyptian Goose.Surprisingly it has always been a relatively hard bird to get at Rainham, this could possibly be the only record of the year so far.
Watched the Tip where there was a massive Linnet flock floating about, around 120 birds, was keeping an eye on this as Merlin should be coming in soon and these size flocks are like magnets.
Also of note were 40 Meadow Pipits west and 3 Ring Necked Parakeets over from Dartford.

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