Monday, 23 February 2015

A Bullie!

Spent a few hours at RSPB Rainham Marshes today and at last I connected with a female Bullfinch! I've lost count of the number of times I've walked around the woodland area this year! As is often the case it was only brief views with this quite wary species. Other highlights today was a female Blackcap again feeding on apples near the visitor centre. Another over-wintering species a Chiffchaff near the cordite. Two Peregrines hunting across the reserve regularly putting the hundreds of Lapwings, 100+ Golden Plover and around 300 Dunlin to flight. Also a Ruff between Purfleet Hide and the MDZ. Great day at times sunny, cold southerly grew in strength with rain as I left at 3pm.
over-wintering Chiffchaff

Little Grebe from the Ken Barrett hide

Coot on the terrapin pool

Little Egret over the northern boardwalk


Lapwings over butts hide

Little Grebe
Golden Plover