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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Rainham RSPB

Sunday Aug 7th

Arrived pretty early, tide was peaking so decided to do the foreshore first in the hope of roosting waders.

This proved a good call with 3 Whimbrel seen to arrive and land on the posts in the Saltmarsh. 6 Common Sandpipers were also seen further up river feeding on the edge of the sea wall.

Whimbrel ( click on photos to enlarge )

Grey Heron
A minimum of 7 Common Terns were patrolling the river, very windy so no small birds around.

I also got my first look at the new hide, must admit very impressive, it looks out to the Scrape. It’s just a pity that the water levels cant be controlled better to keep the water levels constant, it would certainly attract more waders and wildfowl. In the breeding season, Lapwing and Redshank need this for successful breeding.

New Hide

Aveley pools held 5 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank and the usual assortment of ducks.

On the Butterfly front, 3 Small Tortoiseshells were seen, seems to be a better year for these, along with 2 fresh Comma’s, Red Admiral and a Holly Blue.

Wasp Spider

Common Lizards

Small Tortoiseshell


Starling and Whimbrel

Finally caught up with Wasp Spider with 3 located in the same area,no big females seen but hopefully next time.

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