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Monday, 23 February 2015

Rainham Marshes - 22nd February 2015

Male Stonechat

Pastures new again with a trip to Rainham Marshes in the good company of the Coventry and Warwickshire RSPB group. The weather, although seasonally fresh, with a challenging wind, was better than forecast, with sunshine before the rain arrived at 1430hrs. It was good to explore a new (for me) area with several year ticks. Nothing extra special was seen, although one member (Katie) managed to photograph the elusive Water Vole! Photographic opportunities for me concentrated on some of the commoner species. A list of my sightings can be seen at the end of this post.

Stonechat (Mr & Mrs!)




The Marsh


Females Blackcap




Great Tit



Reed Bunting (Mr & Mrs)



Blue Tit



Dunnock



Robin



Lapwing


Drake Wigeon


Ratty (but the wrong type!)



Todays Sightings:

Dabchick; Cormorant; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Shelduck; Wigeon; Gadwall; Teal; Mallard; Pintail; Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Buzzard; Kestrel; Peregrine; Pheasant; Moorhen; Coot; Ringed Plover; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Dunlin; Black Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Redshank; Black Headed Gull; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; Stock Dove; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Skylark; Meadow Pipit; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail; Wren; Dunnock; Robin; Stonechat; Blackbird; Cettis Warbler; Blackcap (f); Blue Tit; Great Tit; Magpie; Jackdaw; Rook; Carrion Crow; Starling; House Sparrow; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Reed Bunting.

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