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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Rainham RSPB

August 25th

After the heavy rain the previous day I had high hopes that the woodland cordite area might produce some migrants, alas other than plenty of Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats and Finches, there was nothing rarer. Pied Flycatcher for one is way overdue for me at Rainham.

4 distant Harbour Seals - 2 on the mud and 2 with there heads just showing

However the rest of the Reserve produced some good birding with some winter species already arriving in the shape of 2 Pintail and 2 Wigeon seen.

A circuit of the Reserve taking in the river produced the following


Yellow Wagtail – 10

Common Sandpiper – 8 roosting at high tide

Dunlin – river wall

Harbour Seal – 5 on the other side

Wheatear – river wall

Marsh Harrier – 2 juveniles

Ruff – 6 – 5 of these were very confiding

Peregrine – Tiercel

Black Tailed Godwit – 26 – Aveley Pools

Golden Plover – 4 Aveley Pools

Barn Owl – usual place
Missed the Wood Sandpiper although it was later seen.

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